Updated: May 3, 2019
On March 8th, I was fortunate enough to take part in the Global Sisterhood’s International Women’s Day Gathering. There was an opportunity to be a part of the market during the event, with a portion of proceeds going to the Madelene House, a community for survivors of sex trafficking and abuse. Getting the chance to talk about Star Child Generation and our vision for creating spaces for families to find more connection, as well as sell our book, felt so amazing. There were many serendipitous connections, heart-opening conversations, and multiple affirmations throughout the evening reminding me that we are on a good path.
The actual event was so moving and inspiring. There is something so powerful and healing that happens when women gather in circles.
I have been in a yoga training focused on trauma, and one of the topics we discussed was how at our core physical selves, we humans are animals. We are animals that thrive in groups, and who need support in the form of community. Yet, our current American culture has driven us into mostly existing in isolation. The villages and communities with many helping hands are nonexistent. The rituals ranging from joyful celebration to deep grieving, expressing the full spectrum of emotion, don’t exist and are mostly frowned upon.
But emotions are energy in motion & it is meant to move - to be felt & to move on. Yet, we keep it trapped… pretending nothing is wrong, we are fine, look on the bright side, stuff it down and keep on going. We ignore it or numb it; anything but feel it. This throws everything off balance. These emotions want to be witnessed and released, and instead become sticky in our bodies and cause dis-ease.
During the Women’s Day Gathering we were able to experience so many elements of ritual: fluid, full movement of the body through dance, singing, stillness & meditation, connection with others, contemplation, forgiveness practice, breathing, crying, honoring, releasing, celebrating, and sharing. The panel discussion included ideas of how we as women have been raised in a way that creates a sense of competition but how when we support each other there is so much more expansion. We’ve been led to think and behave in a way that keeps us small; together we can create something more sustainable that is good for all.
Where this all lands for me personally is a continuation of my current work with children and families, through the practice of yoga. There is no shortage of ideas for how to make this happen, but I’m doing my best to take it all in steps as opportunities arise, to stay in the flow and recognize which paths are the best to journey down at that time.
In the immediate future, I am creating two new offerings: a Mother’s New Moon Gathering at Yoga Yoga, and a Family Workshop with Mercy Barber through Star Child. Details for both will be shared soon.
I am beyond thankful for all of the women I’ve had the honor of learning from and studying with, including my students, friends, and family. So far this year has presented so much inspiration; I have a deep appreciation for where I am, paths I’ve taken, and intuitive guidance I’ve been listening to more and more. I don’t have all the answers, but I have so much hope knowing the focus and hearts of so many people who want to make a positive change in the world.