Feminist Mantra Monday 11: Nurture Your Heart
Rather than kicking off with a bang, 2017 seems to have started with a whimper. I feel like so many of us are just holding our breath until Women's March on Washington Day aka Inauguration Day aka potential-apocalypse day. It feels strange and static and a bit uncomfortable.
But instead of beating ourselves up about not getting much done these first days of January, this mantra suggests that we accept and embrace this time as a waiting period. First, we have to remember that waiting isn't static or stagnant. Rather, waiting provides a space for stretching and reflecting. And accepting waiting is about embracing the present moment and yourself in this moment. It's about #selflove and #selfcare and #youdoyou and whatever else we're calling it nowadays.
This week is a particularly well-suited time for nurturing and loving yourself as the Full Moon in Cancer rises on Thursday. I've been completing Modern Women's Many Moons workbook this year, and in it she reminds us that this full moon is about love, relationships, and blooming. She asks, "This season, how are you nurturing your heart? How can you bring more love for yourself into your daily life and practices, and integrate self-love into the larger choices?"
In that vein, this week's mantra is Nurture Your Heart, and it encourages you to reflect on what your heart really needs, to consider whether or not your life provides for those needs, and to find a few new ways to care for yourself.
Nurturing your heart is about getting in touch with your deepest desires and manifesting them in the world. It is a reminder that self love is so much more radical and rewarding and challenging than a hashtag. And, as Audre Lorde always so adeptly reminds us, nurturing our hearts and embracing self love is not just a personal act, it's also always political:
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
So here are a few suggestions for nurturing your heart this week:
- Take a yoga class. If you're in Chicago, Sat Nam is my favorite studio here. If you're checking in from the internet world (or don't like to do yoga in public b/c eek), try Yoga with Adriene's at-home serenity practice.
- Create a mantra. Find some great tips on making mantras here (aka make your mantra your password so you use it a dozen times a day!)
- Read some good words. These can help you create your mantra or just provide some soothing for your soul. I suggest Cleo Wade's instagram for plenty of high-quality #wordspo (is that a hash tag? maybe?).
- If you're in Chicago, put this Self Care as Warfare workshop on your calendar and meet up with other people nurturing their personal/political hearts in the world.
How can you nurture your hearts, friends? Any suggestions for me?
PS Just a note that nurturing your heart isn't about giving in to the self-indulgent pleasures we tend to imbibe in around the holidays (aka a dozen cookies a day does not a diet make / aka a serving size of wine is not a bottle / aka I have to start washing my face regularly again). We can leave that kind of self-love back in 2016. :)