I know it’s close to the end of January (better late than never!!!) but I want to let you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. And I thought it was time to shed light on an important feminine organ that is often overlooked and/or neglected.
When I was 22, my first herbal teacher gave the assignment to go home that night and look at my cervix. She gave each of us a speculum and hand held mirror. Kind of strange but at the same time, completely exciting. I mean, I had never seen my cervix. Honestly, I am not sure if I had ever really thought about it except for in high school in Sex Ed class.
That night, I was quite amazed.
The Gateway to your Uterus.
Why is this organ so important to protect and keep healthy?
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As we round the corner to the final days of 2013, I wanted to share some of my own practices to release and call in desires for 2014.
This process is so easy to overlook and is also, incredibly significant. Without releasing what does not serve us and then highlighting and clarifying our desires, we end up fumbling around. We end up stuck. We end up longing for the same things year after year.
In my heart, one of the ways in which I most want to contribute in the world is in supporting women to become turned-on and lit-up. Women who are living their dreams, women who are courageous to share the messy and the beautiful. Women who know that living in mediocrity is not ok anymore. Women who ROCK their feminine health.
The past week I have been craving quiet time to vision for 2014.
Finally on Solstice, I went into the woods and did Part 1 of this process. I wrote down what I want to release now that 2013 is coming to a close.
So, here I am calling myself out and sharing with all of you some of the morsels.
Lack – lack of time, lack of support, lack of a strategic plan for my business
Surfacy friendships – healing any closures around my heart that keep me from greater love and intimacy
Last week I was having trouble sleeping. When this happens for me, I always take a moment to get curious.
“Am I under more stress?”
“Am I taking enough time out of my day for pleasure breaks?”
“Am I staying strong in my boundaries?”
These are all vital questions to ask when struggling with sleep issues. When we are sleeping poorly, we end up irritable, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Definitely not the path to live as empowered women.
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In a few days, I leave to travel to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving. My sister and her husband, her kids, and my man and I are set to converge at my moms for hanging and eating.
I used to really dislike holidays… especially Thanksgiving. I would sit around with relatives who I saw once a year and literally had nothing to say to them. I felt so alone and separate… disconnected.
Ultimately, I didn’t feel like I belonged and because of that, I felt on edge and reactionary.
So, how can we make our holiday time with families or friends a space for our growth and enjoyment? Because lets be honest, every day there are opportunities for us to be triggered and feel alone and misunderstood… and everyday we can use these to expand.
I have been having the most epic adventure in Maui. I spent 7 days with a powerful group of 8 plant lovers making flower essences. It felt healing to be back in communion with the plants and to be making medicine that will help to heal all of us on this planet.
In this process of retreating from my day-to-day life, I have been receiving insights and remembrances about who I am and what is most meaningful to me. Some of this has come quite gracefully and easily while other pieces have been more forceful and brought up fears and pain.
The crux of this journey deeper into myself and what I hear from my clients is the deep desire to live in love… to live from an authentic place. Most of us are so caught up in our stories that it is hard to remember what is actually truth. We are not our story, they are within and can be released, with the proper tools.
Too many women are experiencing self-doubt, confusion, loneliness, social anxiety, and guilt.
Too many women look in the mirror and see only their flaws.
Too many women are living in their masculine selves for fear of relaxing into their softness and sensuality.
All of this is creating depletion in women. Energy being expended over and over again just to stay afloat. And burn out, resignation, or hopelessness sinks in.
I am getting right into an important and little talked about subject today. A topic that radically plays into women’s empowerment and sexuality.
Part of my herbal training 15 years ago was doing a research paper on names women call their vaginas. And I remember being overwhelmed, disturbed, and in awe by not only the names but the amount of names.
As a former Birth Doula and Women’s Herbalist, I am also privy to the names women call this same body part.
If you have ever asked your girl friends what they call their “private parts”, you will hear many responses.
“Nothing…maybe down there”
Ummmm… How many names do we have for our ears? Our toes? Our fingers? ONE!!! There are hundreds of names for our feminine body parts.
So, why are there so many names for our ladyparts and what to do about this? (I just need to say that the word vagina is actually referring to the canal that runs from your vulva to your cervix, not your outer parts).