An embodied woman is both delicate and strong. In reclaiming our feminine energy, the challenge is to balance the two, for to be open energetically and emotionally is to also be vulnerable.
Strong women have traditionally been beaten down, figuratively and literally. They are a threat to societies where there is an uneven power balance between the genders. Our growth is often an uncomfortable process for others. Our minds may get sucked into the hype, but our gut will always tell us when we have betrayed our own truth, or allowed others to do so. It can take a while to learn to hear the voice of intuition, as the ego mind, full of needing to please others, feel right or follow the familiar, may well put up a struggle.
You will be tested. As we reclaim, we redefine our boundaries, which dries up the supply for those who are used to taking our time, attention, sympathy or love without return. Expect them to act out and to project labels..selfish, uptight, controlling etc. So the balance here is to gently but firmly define our boundaries, to ourselves and others, without putting up walls and shutting down.
Living an empowered life is also sensual. It may not look like others idea of what is the right path, but find the clothes, lifestyle, music and friends that inspire your growth in healthy ways. Feed your creativity, your sexual hunger, your sensual celebration. Celebrate yourself: your curves, your waxing and waning cycles, your female intuition, your connection to nature. Once you make the decision to find beauty and serenity, you see little opportunities to create everywhere.
Image and text by embracing the Divine Sensual: The Body Sacred