LOVE IN ACTION
Love in action
Nourishing the deep layers
Tending to the wild nature
Open to the rhythm
Sensing into the circle
Embracing the up, the down, the sideways
Witnessing the unfurling
Unconditional love in the wild circle
When I was in my mid-thirties Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype arrived at a pivotal moment in my life – this book and subsequent writings by this wise and talented Jungian Analyst have nurtured my creative soul for many years. Recently, while sitting in a circle of talented women, the topic and associated societal norms of motherhood came up. There were women in the group who were not “mothers” in the traditional sense and an undercurrent of mildly irritated commentary was swirling around me. Sensing the change in energy, I spoke into the circle … “there are many ways to be a mother – Clarissa Pinkola Estés speaks about how as women, we are all mothers. There are women, who as soon as you meet them, something about their presence draws you in, and you intuitively name them…”Madre”. As women we can be mothers to each other, to animals, to the earth.”
I embrace an expanded view of the roles associated with the title of mother. I am blessed to be a “mother” in the traditional sense to a wonderful son and I also have the gift of being a “Madre” to a beautiful young woman.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, illuminates, “There are women, who, as soon as you see them, something in you leaps and you say “mama”. You take one look and think, “I am her progeny, I am her child, and she is my mother…” These wild mothers guide you, burst with pride over your accomplishments… their purpose is to help you, to care for your art, and to reattach you to the wildish instincts, and to elicit your original best.”
Is there a Madre in your life?
Coleen is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Master Facilitator, Professional Artist, Developmental Coach and Adult Educator. She is fully in her commitment to living her yoga and to learning.. She recently received her Art & Yoga Teacher Certification from Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa at the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health. Coleen teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga at the Hatha Yoga Room in Nova Scotia, Canada and offers customized art & yoga workshops. Most recently she co-facilitated a one-day playshop – A Creative Journey through the Chakras – in which participants created full body art images. She posts regularly to her yoga and meditation-inspired blog, creating an original art piece for each posting. Her work can now be purchased through her on-line store at Bravely Playful Creations.
Coleen is playfully committed to lighting the flame of creativity in everyone. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and enjoys visits from her adult children. She loves gardening, cooking and long walks on the beach with her husband.
“The craft of stories, the craft of questions, the craft of the hands…all these are the making of something, and that something is soul – anytime we feed the soul, it guarantees increase.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés