Today I wish to celebrate ‘Mothering’ as a force to be reckoned with in.
Mothering is a skill and a set of attributes.
- To mother well we must set fierce boundaries for ourselves and others.
- To mother well we must take care of ourselves – as the old saying goes, we cannot pour from empty cups.
- To mother well we must listen to our own inner wisdom and not just the news, the advertisers or the well-meaning purveyors of unsolicited advice.
- To mother well we most continue to challenge the status quo, to engage in the learning and unlearning required for a safer and fairer world.
I believe the world needs more ‘mothering’ and that we can all cultivate these skills.
It has been a hard and triggering week for women. We have been reminded that we still cannot really take for granted our safety and security.
I am sharing today a guided relaxation created to bring solace and safety at a time of challenge or distress, and the poem by Linda Reuther which inspired it.
And the Great Mother Said
And the Great Mother said:
Come my child and give me all that you are.
I am not afraid of your strength and darkness, of your fear and pain.
Give me your tears. They will be my rushing rivers and roaring oceans.
Give me your rage.
It will erupt into my molten volcanoes and rolling thunder.
Give me your tired spirit. I will lay it to rest in my soft meadows.
Give me your hopes and dreams. I will plant a field of sunflowers and arch rainbows in the sky.
You are not too much for me.
My arms and heart welcome your true fullness.
There is room in my world for all of you, all that you are.
I will cradle you in the boughs of my ancient redwoods and the valleys of my gentle rolling hills. My soft winds will sing you lullabies and soothe your burdened heart.
Release your deep pain.
You are not alone and you have never been alone.
~Linda Reuther, Homecoming