In our yang-driven world where action and accomplishment reign supreme, it's easy to neglect our yin-ness, the softer side of us that prefers to be, not do. As women especially, connecting with our feminine energy on a regular basis is vital to our sense of self, hormonal health and overall happiness. Ancient Goddess traditions understood and honored the many gifts of the divine feminine, and reclaiming them now can be just the balance us modern goddesses need.
If you're ready to reignite your own feminine magic, here are 10 ways to get started:
- Guard your being time
Take back your feminine power by booking in some much needed me time to reconnect with your inner self. Whether it's morning meditation, an afternoon catnap or watching the sunset, treat this time like any other appointment by not canceling on yourself to do the laundry or more work.
- Be open to receiving
Receptivity is the essence of feminine energy, enabling us to live in the flow instead of frustration. Next time someone offers you a compliment or support, graciously say, Thank you! And don't be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, kids, peers and professionals. Remember, the more you allow yourself to receive, the more you have to give.
- Surround yourself with beauty
Turn your personal space into a goddess sanctuary by clearing out clutter and adding things that delight your senses and your spirit. Try beautiful plants and fresh flowers, lush fabrics, wind chimes, sea shells, crystals or other gifts from Mama Earth. Adorn your walls with art and pictures that uplift and inspire you. Make every part of your home fit for the goddess that you are.
- Nourish your dreams
Just as we conceive and support babies in our wombs, the Goddess approach to manifesting our desires is to nurture them while they are still ideas and daydreams. As we cultivate quiet time to connect with our inner vision and guidance, we take action from a place of joy and trust. In doing so, we birth our dreams into being in divinely inspired ways and divinely perfect time, just as we do our babies.
- Slow down and relish
Multitasking is not the way of the Goddess, especially when it comes to appreciating life's simple pleasures. Instead, become fully present and engage all your senses to enjoy daily delights: inhale the scent of your morning coffee and sip it slowly, let a piece of chocolate melt in your mouth, stop power walking and savor the sights.
- Love your body
Aphrodite had small breasts, a soft belly and full hips. Her huntress niece goddess Artemis was lanky and lean. Do you think they apologized for their shapes? Heck no. They owned their bodies' divinity to express their goddess' gifts, be they love or tenacity. Embrace your own body as a beautiful, sacred vessel for your spirit to experience itself and treat it with the love and reverence it deserves. Try it out with this flow sequence flow sequence based on the goddess Lakshmi, who represents beauty and abundance.
- Live from your heart
We are naturally feeling beings, but life's busyness can hinder us from hearing the voice of our hearts - the true source of our happiness. Reconnect by placing your hands on your chest and resting your awareness in this sacred space. Here, the mind's constant activity will surrender to the heart's calm clarity, leading you to live in greater faith and deeper love.
- Connect with Mother Nature
Instantly connect with Goddess energy by spending time with Mother Earth. Walk barefoot on the grass and lie on the ground. Release all your cares to her for healing and transmutation. Allow her to hold you in her loving embrace and fill you with maternal love. Doing this regularly will help you become a strong and grounded goddess in your own world.
- Honor your boundaries
Forget trying to please everyone and love yourself enough to say no to draining demands. Bless and release toxic relationships and patterns while keeping the lessons and growth. Stand firm in the power of an authentic no. A goddess isn't a superwoman who does it all, but a happy woman who does only what she wants and values.
- Infuse your life with ritual
Goddess traditions, like those in this practice with Sianna Sherman are rich with ritual, because they bring deeper meaning and sacredness to any act. Invite extra blessings into your daily activities by turning them into mini ceremonies. A great place to start is your existing sadhana (daily spiritual practice), by perhaps creating a meditation altar where you can light a candle, burn incense, play music and offer flowers.
While effort and achievement will always have their place in the world, balancing them with sacred feminine practices will bring us much greater flow and fulfillment. As we learn to be as much as we do, the inner Goddess and God meet in divine union, creating perfect yin-yang harmony within and without. Now that is something worth striving for.