By chance and by choice, I found myself among large communities of women, in 2016.
As I followed my curiosity to events, groups and organizations, I gained skills that deepened my spirituality, tools that assisted me in maintaining my health and knowledge and skills that deepened my understanding in both spiritual and wellness communities.
We often seek to be seen and heard in our true authenticity. In conscious communities, you are seen for who you truly are and heard in ways you’ve never experienced. If you are misunderstood, others do their best to understand you and your perspective.
Conscious communities are also aware of the power of their words and are mindful in how they craft their words.
Once you experience a conscious community there is nothing like it. For me, I feel freer and breathe easier in these communities. Being among communities that understand you and see life as warm and inviting is an oasis you don’t want to leave.
While I sat among a group of women, I over heard many of them list with pride their credentials, skills and certifications. I realized that in every group I have studied with, I have overheard similar conversations.
Some people who seek enlightenment become comfortable with the support and love of these communities that they don’t move beyond them to bring them back to their own community.
In this specific community I realized and verbalized my personal and professional intent for all the inner work I am doing.
I don’t want to gain all this knowledge and these skills to keep them for myself and live in my own bubble. I want to spread the wealth around to help others craft a life that works for them from a mindful/ spiritual/ wellness stand point.
In two meditations I participated in last year, my my awareness awareness moved through me from self focus in the present to being a legacy among my ancestors. I attended an ancestral meditation that taught me that we are apart of a larger movement of ancestors that did their part to get us to where we are today. After the meditation, we were asked to think about the following question: what is the legacy you want to leave behind?
The other mediation I attended was for the divine feminine. Both men and women have a divine masculine and a divine feminine. Our society calls both men and women to suppress that part of themselves that is not in accordance with their gender.
In this mediation, we talked about the historical oppression and suppression of the seven generations of women that came before us.
For these women, our mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and back, they were often in places where they did not have a voice or know the power of their voice. Historically, they were not invited into spaces where decisions and laws were made on their behalf without their consent or even a dialogue.
These historical silences are burdens or traumas that each generation of women carry and pass on to their daughters in the most subtle ways. It is woven into the fabric of our society and into our bloodlines and need to be both identified and healed.
Next, we talked about the seven generation that come after us, our daughters and nieces, granddaughters, great granddaughters and beyond. What legacy will we leave for the next seven generations? What voice will they have? What spaces will they be invited in to? Will they be uninhibited?
As we kick off, National Women’s History Month today, rather then focus on “I”, focus your attention for the month on “we”. What legacy do you want to leave for the seven generations of women that will carry your torch or legacy long after your gone?
Love – Stephanie XO