Body of Wisdom – Her Story

Hawaiian Sunrise - Photo by Ashley Jones

Hawaiian Sunrise – Photo by Ashley Jones

Her Story

Body of wonder
Body of Love
Body of magic
Sourced from above

Body of pleasure
Of sensual delight
Body of Grace
Moved by inner sight

Body of stories
Held deep in the bones
Body of mysteries
As yet, unknown

Body of memories
From eons past
Body of Wisdom
Healing, at last

 

 

© 2015 Jodi Lilly


Body Wise, Is Anybody In There?

Sunrise prayer of thanksgiving for the promise of a new day on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Ashley Jones

Sunrise inspired deep appreciation for Life, Body and the beauty of the Big Island of Hawai’i   Photo by Ashley Jones

 

The ancients knew the body was key. Far more than merely a vehicle for traveling from birth to death, the body contained keen senses. They relied on its appetites and desires to guide them, awaken them and enlighten them to greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. Instinct and intellect were designed to work together to foster creative exploration. The body held access to both the mysteries of the inner realms and the sensory delights of the natural world.

We have come a long way since then. For countless generations, we have been systematically taught that the body is not to be trusted, that it is weak or even evil, that it is something we must overcome or deny, lest it lead us somewhere we ought not be. Somewhere along the line, we lost touch with the brilliance of our bodies and their tremendous ability to feel and heal and offer us a life in which we can be fully alive. Instead, we have learned to shut ourselves down. We are uncomfortable with our emotions. We don’t know how we feel, much of the time. We wear shoes that pinch and clothes that someone told us are fashionable. We eat food that is unnatural. We dedicate ourselves to climbing a ladder. To making it. We sacrifice our sanity to ‘make it’. And when we get sick we blame our body for having failed us…

The body was born of Love. It thrives on care and comfort. It needs to be challenged and rewarded. When we stop long enough to hear what our bodies have to tell us, we hear a very different story than the one we’ve been told.

I grew up in a family in which my mom, and both grandmothers were perpetually, considerably overweight. It seemed to me that they and my aunties were constantly fighting a losing (gaining) battle with the scale. As a teenager, I made a clear decision that I would not follow in those well-trodden footsteps. Instead, I played out my own version, with eating disorders and self-loathing for anything less than what I perceived as bodily perfection. I spent a lot of my life at war with my body. Through it all, my body kept me honest. As long as I was acting out, I couldn’t fool myself into believing I was really okay.

It took me decades to work through the generations of body shame I inherited, witnessed and perpetuated. As I awoke from the nightmare of what had happened and why, I began my journey back into a healthy relationship with my body. We grow stronger through Love. Learning to Love oneself, wholeheartedly opens the floodgates to deep levels of healing. As we heal, our bodies grow stronger and more vibrant. We begin to be able to trust ourselves and our appetites and desires to lead us to a more fulfilling life. We start to be able to hear the inner voice of intuition that can guide us swiftly in the direction that is most rewarding. Healing happens as we turn toward ourselves.

Though we have been conditioned to believe otherwise, our bodies truly are our temples.  When we stop and drop into the sacred silence within, we hear our heartbeat. As we cultivate a connection with our heart and learn its ways, it tells us what we need to know and where we should go. The ancients were right. The body holds the keys to the kingdom. The body is the bridge that connects our consciousness to all the other realms. As we find our way back inside, our Presence switches our circuitry back on and we begin to feel more alive.

Time spent in nature, movement practices that feel restorative and enlivening, quiet time of meditation, reflection and prayer and time spent with beloved animal friends, all help us to ground ourselves and create a loving relationship with the miraculous gift that is our bodies.

If we want our lives to change for the better, we go within. If we want more Love in our lives, we go within. If we want to be healthier and happier, we go within. We have to go inside if we want to thrive.

Love,

Jodi

P.S. I would love to hear about your challenges or experiences with coming back home to your body. Especially as women, we have a lot of conditioning to shed and messages to delete from both conscious and unconscious mind. This is a conversation so many of us have had and the more light we shed on the subject the more we can all rise in Love.


Musing on the Goddess

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For the past few years, especially, I have been fascinated by the idea of the Goddess. Not some ancient archetype of long ago, but the Goddess that is part of our nature–the Sacred Feminine that lives and breathes within us all.

I have been talking and writing about Her for some time now. Some of my writing buddies were there when I first came face to face with Her. She is, it seems, a part of my psyche–woven through my history and ever-operating in the background in my present. My preoccupation with Her amazes even me. Despite the things that are happening on the surface of my life, I am aware of Her presence always right there, nearby, awaiting my notice.

I am certain I have spent lifetimes singing Her praises, dancing in Her honor and praying to Her for blessings and guidance. I am equally certain that for a very long time it was not safe to speak of Her to anyone.

Today is a new day. The Goddess of Now is alive and well. This is Her time. It is up to those of us who remember, to breath life back into our own Goddess nature. It is not about going back to some other time, it is about now–this holy moment. It is about allowing ourselves to remember the Sacred Feminine principles of Love and joy, beauty and grace, appreciation and kindness, nurturing and caring, creativity and resourcefulness, transformation and rebirth, and so much more.

Over these past few years I have been meeting my sisters. We recognize the Goddess in one another, sometimes before we have exchanged a word. It seems some of us are coded to respond to the very word Goddess. I know I am. Nothing gets my attention faster.

I have much more to say about the Goddess of Now. In the mean time, I would love to hear from any of you who feel a resonance with Her.

Love lies at the heart of each of us. Sacred Feminine and Masculine are part of our Divine nature. Love yourself. Celebrate your nature.


Venus Retrograde in Aries

echoingheart-2Speaking of the Goddess, Venus entered the forty-day retrograde phase of her cycle last weekend. Venus has been in Aries since early February, stirring  passion, possibility and the spirit of pioneering in the hearts and souls of men and women everywhere. Venus in Aries is a busy Goddess; bold, instinctive and impulsive in nature. She is inspires leadership, prompts acting directly from the heart, sparks spurts of self-promotion and fans the flames of a desire for something new and different.

Since Venus is the ruler of love, money and values, once she goes into retreat, it is natural to reconsider  these very things and see them in a new, and sometimes alarming, light. Planets are said to “go retrograde” when they get to be a certain distance from the Sun, the difference being unique to each planet. As Venus now travels back through Aries to meet up with the Sun, the principle of conscious awareness, we may find ourselves experiencing a change of heart about what we have been doing and taking a fresh look at our relationship with self , since Aries is the sign of the individual. The challenges in our relationships with others always reflect some unresolved matter within one’s own heart. Venus retrograde offers an opening to see our heart in a new and compassionate light. During Venus retrograde periods we have an opportunity to realize that some of the things we have done on impulse in the past look much different from where we stand today.

Some questions to ask might be:

  • What really matters to me now?   ~For many people the answer is different than it was just a short time ago.
  • What can I happily live without?   ~Honestly, this one is very liberating.
  • What changes can I make that will enrich  my life?   ~Even one little positive change opens you to new possibilities.
  • What happened to my passion? or Why am I not doing those things I know ignite my passion?   ~The answers to these questions might surprise you.

The Goddess of Love has much to show us right now about who we are and our intrinsic value to the world. As Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” There is so much more to say on this topic but I will leave it at this for now.

Venus will resume forward motion on April 17th.


Virgo Full Moon of the Goddess ~March 10, 2009

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Full moons are the time of the flowering of the seeds that have been planted so we can see their fruits in vibrant color. Virgo is the practical, grounded sign of the Goddess, the earth’s bounty, integration, tending to things–including the body–and simplicity.

The Virgo Full Moon Moon joins Saturn opposite the Sun and Uranus, the Awakener, in Pisces.Virgo’s ruler, Mercury has just entered Pisces, too, so intuition is more reliable than facts and figures, at the moment. How does it feel to you? What do you sense about what you are looking at? Does this direction feel more inviting than that one? Trust your gut and go with the flow.

With the bulk of the planets in the air and water signs of Aquarius and Pisces, respectively, this grounded Virgo energy offers substance to the mix that can help make our dreams and visions a reality. Virgo’s symbol is the Virgin–in essence, the Divine Feminine principle of creation, appreciation and love.

Virgo is the sign of integration, of sorting through the bits and pieces of our lives and releasing those that don’t fit, don’t work or no longer serve any useful purpose. Saturn in Virgo has been beating the drum of the necessity of letting go of that which is not right for us. As we let go we bring our lives current, into the present, where we can be effective in our actions and interactions, once again. Too much stuff, too many possibilities, too many responsibilities that we can’t possibly fulfill, attempting to go in too many directions at the same time all drain our precious natural resources of time and energy and the attention that gives our life direction.

The Full Moon joining Saturn in Virgo prompts us to get grounded in our own lives. In any moment we can choose to turn off the fear-mongering news, step away from watching the erratic stock market for a while and realize that we didn’t get where we are, overnight and it is going to take time before we see the effects of what is happening now. In the mean time, this is a wonderful opportunity to come back into your own center. Focus on the things you can do something about: tend to your body, organize and fabulize your home–even little improvements make a big difference, clear the clutter from your messy office, plant flowers or buy a colorful plant for your home.

What have you neglected that you know makes you feel better? What is one practical thing can you do right now that will change things for the better? Who or what have you taken for granted that will benefit from your thoughtful consideration and appreciation? Focusing on and tending to the things we love and appreciate creates an energetic expansion that bears fruit in a multitude of wonderful ways.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  ~Rumi


Divine Feminine Wisdom

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Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old.
~Shelagh Delaney

Women are born with eternal wisdom. How many of us have really claimed our knowing, though?

We are told we are too emotional by those who have lost track of their own feelings. We are told we are weaker; since when did physical size equal real strength.
We are told we are sensitive as if that’s a bad thing.
We are told that being nurturers and giving life is worth less than those who plan and plot and do, in the world.

The Goddess is ready to re-emerge in each of us, in all her radiant glory.

I had a little chat with Her recently and She mentioned how hard it’s been for Her, in this world that worships the Masculine at the expense of the Feminine, to get through, to be noticed, to be heard.

As one of us listens, more will have access to the Divine Feminine Wisdom that is finally ready to emerge and reinstate a way of being in the world based in love and appreciation and comfort and joy.