Love in Action: An Empowered Matrix By Mindy Iris & Leslie Smith
We are in strange and challenging times. It seems that just when bonds were deepening and new threads of connection were being formed, fear and small-minded thinking now threaten to unravel our foundation as a nation. Yet born of such crisis, women are uniting, empowered and joyously strong! Perhaps it is for these times that Eckhart Tolle wisely wrote, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”1 The collective awareness is facing the darkness before its greatest light and the response is a growing harmony in the collective voice.
Women are collaborating to create support systems that nourish our common needs while celebrating our diversity. In The Chalice and the Blade, author Riane Eisler highlights that historically, matriarchal societies functioned cooperatively compared to competitively based patriarchal ones. She notes, “It is evident that there is another logical alternative: that there can be societies in which difference is not necessarily equated with inferiority or superiority.” Eisler’s mould-breaking book reminds us of what has begun to emerge: the fuel of misogyny that has simmered throughout generations is roaring in to flames, with the potential to burn itself out, making way for a new matrix of being on this planet.
ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR TRUTH.
Do No Harm,
BUT TAKE NO SHIT
A deep stirring is palpable. Many of us are experiencing emotions that have not been felt for some time. When we are profoundly stirred, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Often these feelings are coupled with a knee-jerk reaction that can cause one to lash out at those who operate from a different belief system. Others find themselves retreating and isolating, attempting to keep things buried. It can be difficult to discern what the ‘right’ thing to do or say really is.
SIT. BREATHE. FEEL. BREATHE.THINK. BREATHE.
Sit with whatever it is you need to sit with. Breathe. Feel whatever it is that you are feeling. Breathe. Think about how your words and actions affect those around you, and how they affect your ‘Self ’.
Indigenous Women and people from the First Nations are rising, strengthened by prayer, to protect Mother Earth for future generations. They have inspired people of all backgrounds to take action, from calling representatives, to traveling to North Dakota and stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers. Throughout the world, in big cities and small towns alike, people are gathering, profoundly expressing their feelings and choosing actions that embolden and empower in unprecedented ways. The politics of divisiveness is giving way to a movement of awakening, alertness and action.
BREATHE. Be PRESENT. Be ALIVE. Be AWAKE. ACT.
Act in accordance with your truth. “Do no harm, but take no shit,” someone clever once said. Use the power of the internet and social media to unite politically and be alerted by watchdog groups to take action on the issues that are stirring you to take a stand. Now is a time to feel what you feel, find your voice, speak up and be heard. Rather than allow overwhelming feelings to paralyze you, reach out to your fellow women and say, from that which connects us all, “I AM HERE WITH YOU!”
On emotional and spiritual levels, feel what you feel. Feel your body, feel your grief and feel your power. Breathe in power with every single breath. Take a walk, listen in nature, meditate, cook nourishing meals with ingredients cultivated from local farmers and conscious providers. Make a commitment in this year of change to come out of isolation and connect. Phylicia Rashad, in a moment of great clarity stated, “Anytime women come together, with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”
Allow yourself to be infused with the magic, to blossom as a flower, to witness the growth. Like a seed, when we partner with others in intention, in transparency and in love, we grow. Experience what it feels like to co-create with others, to share your stories and concerns, to support each other to take steps previously only dreamt about, to claim all of you and no longer feel powerless and alone.
It is a call to arms: our sword is connection and our shield is love! In her book The Energies of Love Donna Eden writes these simple steps Notice Breath, Soften Belly and Open Heart. When we connect with others from this stance, we stir the fires of aliveness and wholeness and become the change that we have been looking for. As Rainbow Warrioresses and Warriors, we are truly infused with the power of love.
1 Tolle, Eckhart A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose New York, N.Y.: Dutton/Penguin Group, 2005
Mindy Iris, M.A. has dedicated her life to healing work, incorporating Bodymind Therapy with Counseling. Mindy has journeyed deep through grief and experiences profound joy. She facilitates people of diverse backgrounds in living their most authentic lives. Mindy is in private practice and can be reached at 970.259.1702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Smith is a certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach, yoga instructor, and personal trainer in Durango, CO. She’s specializes in helping women create meaningful Self-Care practices. She offers Self-care retreats locally as well as internationally. Contact Leslie at 970.799.3129 or email@example.com.