Come join Mindful Journey and Healing Circle Meditation Class at this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day….Women in Wellness as we honour The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone… Make it Happen!
This year we will meet on March 7th, 2015 at the Marmora Community Centre, 28 Victoria Ave, Marmora, located above the arena, 11am – 4pm for another wonderful day of Women in Wellness and ending with our community meditation and guest speakers between 4 -5:30. Admission is FREE and open to everyone. Come out and support these wonderful holistic workers. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, sign up for classes, private sessions, treat yourself to a mini reading, Reiki and other body work, sample vendor’s wares and best of all join in our meditation at the end of the day…no experience necessary simply bring an open mind and compassionate heart or one that needs healing.
Embrace Your Maiden, Mother and Crone
Within each of us there lives the maiden, the mother and the crone. Our physical age has very little to do with which one we are at this moment in our lives. It is the energy they represent that is important. Let’s look at each one and see where you are now and how wonderful each one is.
Like a young child or teen, the maiden is full of creative ideas,. So eager is she to try new things that she may dance from one project or idea to the other, never really seeing the first one through to the end until she is on to the next. For the maiden, everything is about a new beginning. The waxing moon is her time; a time to bring in new ideas, dreams and desires. She is someone who is independent – not yet touched or influenced by others. She still has an innocence about her and it shows through in her outlook on life and in the energy she portrays in all she does; childlike but not childish. The maiden is usually young in age… but not always!
With more maturity than the maiden, the mother embodies the creative act whether it is physically ( through sex, having children) or in taking the ideas and projects she has had as a maiden or the ideas of others and following them through into a tangible creation. Whether it is a actual child that she brings into this world, other people’s children that she helps to nurture, or a creative project or idea that is put into action, it will reflect the mother and she will see it through by protecting it, nurturing it and helping it to grow. The full moon is her time as the Mother is about fulfillment. She is usually child bearing years…but not always!
Through her wisdom the crone knows that everything is about transformation. She understands that death is not the end but sees past it and knows a new and different life begins there. Her job is to help guide others who are seeking the light and console those left behind. The crone is all about endings, whether it is a project, a relationship or life here on earth itself. The waning moon is her time, as it slowly moves into darkness. But do not fear, just as the moon will reappear, the crone comes back as the maiden. It is the wisdom of the crone that we draw on when we know we need to cut cords and move forward. She is usually physically older…but not always!
You can see that by honouring all the phases of a woman’s life we can MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using the innocence of the maiden, new ideas are formed and with her enthusiasm she pushes us to think outside of the box. The mother, in her life experience, can take these ideas, either of her own creation or of another’s, and bring them to life, nurture them and help to see them grow. The crone, who is wisdom, will know how to complete the job, see it through to the end and know when it is time to let things that no longer serve her be released. The maiden brings in the ideas, the mother will nurture until it is time for the crone to bring closure. In closure comes the opportunity for rebirth and the cycle continues. No one age or stage of wisdom is any less or more important than the other but rather together great and wonderful things are accomplished.
How would you complete the following statements in order to honour the maiden/mother/crone?
“At this moment in time I feel I am the __________________. I honour her ability to __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.”
“At this moment in time I feel I am the Crone. I honour her ability to teach others who are seeking the light path and wisdom to know what cords to cut in order to make transformation happen.”
We have a responsibility as women to set an example for other women: what they should expect, how they should be treated and to men and boys on how we should be treated. The crone has lived through many life experiences and has wisdom and stories to share to both the maiden and mother. We need to embrace that wisdom and bring back respect and honour for those who have gone before us and let them know we want to hear their stories. The maiden can share her ideas and ambitions to the crone and in doing so bring her new life. The mother can learn how to nurture by taking these ideas from the maiden but in listening to the crone will know when it is time to let go.
The maiden, the mother and the crone – the wonderful cycle of life.
What values do you place upon yourself as a woman? What values are you passing down to your daughters, nieces and grand-daughters? This video is a fabulous watch. What do you think?
What a wonderful Women in Wellness Day at Marmora! Huge thank you to all the vendors, practitioners and of course, visitors who made the day possible. The energy was amazing, door prizes galore, fun, laughter, tears and hugs….over all great day!
Just a thought or two….
International Women’s Day, 2014
International Women’s Day is a time when we remember those women who were brave enough to take a stand when they saw injustice, spoke out when they knew the truth needed to be spoken and were not afraid to go against traditions, beliefs and their culture in order to make changes. Without their vision and determination we would not have the changes in our labour laws, workplaces, communities and justice system. When these women protested they mad a difference for everyone not just the the women. They fought for fair pay, shorter working hours and better working conditions. They did not give up until they too had the right to vote, own property, run businesses and find their place on their own in the world around them. Here in Canada they even changed the law so women would be considered a person! It is our duty to remember how our rights were won and then spread that support to our sisters.
However, despite theses steps forward, mindsets are harder to change. Still today women go through sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse while coworkers and community turn their heads. No one wants to be involved and in doing so make her a victim all over again. Longer and harder to heal are the emotional scars left behind by family and friends who do not listen to her cries for help, turn their back in denial or make light of the effects an abuse can have on her life. WE need to listen, to care and to open our hearts by showing our support and love for these women.
It is a fact that 1 in 4 women will be sexually abused in their lifetime. Everyone in this room tonight has either experienced this first hand or know someone close to them who has gone through this. Silence is not the answer…encouragement and support is. We are not here tonight to feed into the negative energy that surrounds the struggles and challenges that can face being a woman in a man’s world but rather to recognize the fact that because we are here, today in this place, shows we are survivors, not victims. We choose to be…no we demand that we and all living things be treated with dignity, love and respect thus honouring God within us. By acknowledging that we each have the power within, to forgive, to heal and to find happiness in life simply because we are beautiful beings of light, here for a reason and a purpose we can overcome anything. This belief in ourselves and that Spirit works through us cannot be found in any book or pew because it has to begin in our own soul. Discovering this in ourselves then sharing it with the sisters of the world we cans and will make a difference. The Dalai Lama once stated that the world would be saved by the western woman. What are we waiting for ladies? We have work to do!
Just a few more days and the doors will be open for Women in Wellness to celebrate International Women’s Day March 08, 2014. It will be held again at the Marmora Community Centre, 38 Victoria Ave, Marmora (over top of the arena) with wonderful vendors, practitioners and fabulous catering by Country Cuisine. Door will be open at 3 pm FREE for the public to come in and see what powerful women we have in our area providing holistic care, services and products. At 7pm we will wrap up the day with author, Jan Porter as guest speaker then everyone will be invited to join in a Community Healing Meditation. Remember, everyone is welcome!
Again this year you are invited to write about a woman or women who have been an inspiration to you. They can be family, friends, historical or fictional. Send your short stories or poems to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be posted on this site. A draw will be held the evening of March 08 for a lovely gift basket as a special thank you.Read more….
Stay posted as more information on the day’s events and participants unfolds. Please pass along your comments.
Things to Ponder….
Here is a very good video showing us just how much farther we need to go. Laws may change but the attitude of some are still far off the mark and unfortunately they are in high positions. Perhaps it is their fear of control that rules them? The voices here are American but Canadians are not far behind. How does this make you feel? I would love to hear from you.
Here is a good example I think of the Maiden, Mother and Crone….a community respecting and learning from the wisdom of the Grandmothers (crones) and they are teaching the teenagers (maidens) and listening more to their mothers (mother)
$50 – Did you know that the Famous Five were shown on the fifty dollar bill but were taken off when the new bills were printed?
For the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) 50th anniversary year, the Bank of Canada honoured the Canadian Coast Guard by depicting the CCGS Amundsen in Canada’s North on its new $50 polymer bank note to reflect Canada’s commitment to Arctic research and the development and protection of northern communities. Canadian Coast Guard website
Now I respect the Canadian Coast Guard but where did our women go???? After all, if it wasn’t for there determination to give women equal rights, we wouldn’t have gotten the vote OR been declared as “persons”….just saying.
Healing Circle Meditation Class is very happy to be once more hosting a Community Meditation in honour of International Women’s Day on March 08th, 2013. The International Theme:
“THE GENDER AGENDA: GAINING MOMENTUM time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.”
This year, it will be bigger than before as we in Marmora showcase “Women in Wellness”. Come out and see the many holistic practitioners, facilitators, vendors and more!
Doors will be opened wide and this amazing event will begin at 3 pm at the Marmora Community Centre (above the arena) 38 Victoria Avenue, Marmora. If the stairs are too much for you there is an elevator available. Take your time and talk to these wonderful women and learn about their journey, their business and services and even try out a few while you are here. This will continue until 6:30 pm when we will begin our evening Community Healing Meditation by first enjoying a guest speaker then joining together in meditation. Stay for a bit afterward to share your stories, experiences and of course, browse the vendors tables one last time.
How does it get any better than this? Well, keep checking this site for more details on who will be there and how you can take part. Together we will pay tribute to the women who have inspired us and recognize the women in our community who bring us wellness on so many levels. As always, this event is FREE to the public and open to everyone. Tea and treats will be provided. Be sure to enter to win a door prize!
How can you contribute to the event even more?
Once again, you are invited to email your short stories about the amazing woman or women in your life who have influenced or affected your life in a positive way. They can be a relative, friend, figure from history or myth….just write 400 words or less and send it to email@example.com and it will be posted on this site! Please be sure to sign your piece and if for some reason you would rather remain “undercover” simply advise of this in your email. Keep coming back to this site to view all the wonderful stories that will appear.
The evening of the meditation we invite you to bring a photo of a woman in your life, whether she has passed or is still alive, and it will be added to our table of memories. Here too, you may light a candle in her memory. This is an amazing way to draw in positive, loving energy into the space.
Bread and Roses was first written as a poem to honour the workers who took to the streets for rights….mainly women who demanded their rights and those of children working in the factories. Please read about the tragedy that took place March, 1911 that sparked this poem. We all owe them so much…thank you. Please watch this video and listen to the words.
As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!