Do you ever feel like the whole world is in a big hurry and that there’s hardly enough room or time to breathe? Yeah, we’re in that club too! Our society glorifies productivity, hard work, and doing what it takes to 'get ahead.’ And although these things can have a place in our lives, we often find ourselves out of balance with all of the doing and very little time for just being. We make monster To-Do lists, but even when we answer all our emails, scrub every inch of house and check off the rest of the day’s tasks, we feel exhausted and wonder if we’re somehow missing a bigger picture.
According to Anita Johnston, Ph.D., and author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, “Many traditional cultures recognize the necessity of both masculine and feminine aspects in all life…there once was a time when the qualities of the feminine were appreciated and valued; a time when feeling was as important as thinking, intuition was as well regarded as logic, “being” was as much valued as “doing,” and the journey was as significant as the destination.” In times past, we were much more connected to the cycles of the earth, to the changes of each season and the effects they have upon us. No matter how far away we’ve wandered, we can again remember that both the feminine and masculine (yin and yang) are truly important. They're meant to work in harmony and to complement one another. Sadly, in our culture, female energy has often been denied and even ridiculed. We’re taught to dismiss our intuitive hunches in favor of logic and reason. We’re conditioned to neglect our most important relationships so that work can be our top priority. We are encouraged to partake in competition rather than compassion. We’re told not to cry when we’re sad or, for that matter, to express any ‘unpleasant’ emotion. Our feminine selves have been forced into the shadows for far too long. If we want to find wholeness as individuals and also as a larger community, our feminine power needs to be brought back into the light. Read More
Posted By Maitri Garden