A Cry For Sisterhood In Celebration of Women

It was Nelson Mandela who said,

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” (tweet this)

As women, we’ve made many strides. For starters, we’ve earned the right to vote, we’re able to hold office and we no longer have to sit at the back of the bus.

As we celebrate those achievements, let us remember there is more to do.

All over the world women are still oppressed. In countries where women and girls are marginalized, we can clearly see the disparities. However, for those of us who enjoy the comforts that living in a modern country afford us, the oppression of women is more complex.

Oppression for the modern woman is wrapped in shame, silence and separation.

We’re shamed about our bodies. We’re told what size we should be. We’re taught that our sexuality is dangerous and that anger and assertiveness makes us bitches. We learn that being emotional equals weakness, that our desires are frivolous, and femininity is our enemy.

We’re silenced by a society that tells us to be strong, but not too strong or we’ll be labelled angry. A society that places “good” girls on a pedestal and exploits the “bad” ones.  A society that tells us not to be too much (of anything) or else.

We separate ourselves from our sisters. We learn not to trust other woman because they’ll take take what we have — whether it’s a man or a job. We separate ourselves from men. Instead of seeing them as brothers, we lose ourselves in their presence either by shrinking or overcompensating.

In the worst cases, there are women who oppress other women and defend and protect the very individuals and institutions that have oppressed us all.

However, many of us continue to buy into the idea that happiness equals having a man, excelling at our career, being a supermom with a picture perfect family. We spend years falling into this fictional wonder woman trap and we pour our souls into our men and partners, into our children, into our jobs and into everyone around us. After many years of doing this, we’re left running on empty wondering who we’ve become.

At this point, we seek out practices that help us — we do yoga, we meditate, we chant, and try anything else that promises to recalibrate our souls.

Yet, deep down the wound still exists in our hearts.

How do we heal?

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Rise + Shine Your Light {free workshop}

2016 was quite a year, and it’s not over yet!

There’s not one person I know who didn’t experience a major life event this year. What differentiated this year from others is that in 2016 many of us were pushed to our edge, which actually is the perfect set up for 2017.

As we head into the new year, I believe we are collectively being asked to rise and step into our power.

We are being asked to let go of fear and step into faith.

We are being asked to let go of our baggage and stand in our light.

2017 is the year to stop hiding and GO FOR IT!

With everything going on in the world it can be hard to take a stand and be seen, and to operate from a space of faith. A lot of the things that happened in 2016 were devastating, and for many of us, the election results were the tipping point that sent us into a tailspin. It caused us to question EVERYTHING, and rightfully so.

However, after spending a lot of time in deep reflection I know this for sure:

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