20 August 2015
Women Connecting with Women
Connecting with Your Sisters
Societal norms shift very, very slowly. In the last century we've seen tremendous progress in bringing women's issues out of the shadows. With strength, perseverance and non-violent resistance to nearly universal oppression, women are reclaiming our rightful place as co-creators of a new paradigm of equality. And we still have a long way to go in a world where violence against women continues to be both endemic and internalized.
Much of what sustains us through our journey is the profound, primal connection of women throughout the world in our roles as daughters, sisters and mothers--the unwavering nurturers and protectors of Life. It's part of our biology; it is our essence. It is the thread that joins us with every other woman on the planet.
Cultivating a deep, supportive relationship with our sisters of all ages--and throughout the ages--is key to the Wise Woman Tradition. We share our stories and our skills, teaching each other, learning from each other and contributing our gifts to the greater whole. By embracing and honoring other women, we come to more fully love and value ourselves.
Gather with Women
Coming together with other women in groups large and small is nourishing to our spirit. We've done it since the dawn of time--working side by side in the fields, tending to the family--the young, the ill and the elderly. We create together: cooking sewing and weaving. We share secrets, joys and sorrows. We laugh, cry, sing and dance in community.
Women tend to feel better when surrounded by other women. Part of the reason is that we have high levels of oxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone" which, among other things, is pro-social. It stimulates relaxation, trust and altruism. Making our relationships with our sisters a priority in our lices galvanizes a sense of belonging, provising us with inspiration and strength.
Engaging in women's rituals, whether they involve gathering in a sacred circle or simply sitting down for tea and conversation, allows us to dissolve the internal barriers of competition and separation. The Red Tent movement, which is gaining popularity all around the world, offers safe, blessed space for women of all ages and stages to embrace our commonality. It's very powerful, indeed.
"Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets."
~ Patricia Lynn Reilly, Imagine a Woman In Love with Herself