I've been pondering about what I wanted to post for my first blog. As I live my life, I wait for the signs to appear and I tell myself, I'll know when I know! As the ideas filtered through my mind I came across an article from last year I had saved that relays EXACTLY how I feel titled "Anger Subsides When I Honor My Inner Wild Woman" by Lindsay Soberano-Wilson and I thought YES that is it and I have the perfect picture to go with it! The phrase resonated so much with me that I even named my business Inner Wild Woman Studio. Like I said I'll know when I know.
Many women were raised on tales about how to be a lady, but how many of us were taught how to tap into our "wild woman archetype" discussed in the popular book "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I was introduced to the book by my Sacred Women's Circle Creatrix instructor. Estes explores how women learn to put themselves last, trading our inner voice for obligations and societal expectations. While women continue to be bombarded with societal norms, especially when pertaining to our roles as mother or wife, anger and frustration mount. But what happens when a woman reclaims her inner spirit and follows it into the woods?
When anger manifests in internalized ways and wreaks havoc on our inner world, in channeling my inner wild woman, the anger has diminished and is much more controllable. Anger is not the only emotion that has subsided but so too has irritability and bitterness.
This is because I found my red dancing shoes again and dusted them off. How can rediscovering a lost part of yourself put you back in touch with your inner wild woman archetype? Red shoes symbolize life's blood, groundedness, and sacrifice.
What do your red shoes look like? Do you own a pair of red shoes? Do you have a lifelong calling that you have followed and/or squandered? In my case, my red shoes are strongly associated with honoring my inner voice, my drive to live my best life based on more intuition, unconditional love, and self-compassion.
Being in touch with my wild woman demands I love myself and walk away from those that do not honor me, as I want to live more authentically. This means I have become better at making and keeping healthy boundaries. As a result, my feelings of bitterness, irritability and anger have subsided because I am focusing on how to live according to my inner wild woman. When I tend to my inner garden then I unearth peace and quiet and let go of anxiety, fear, and loneliness.
I LOVE this quote from an unknown author: "Imagine your mind is like a garden and your thoughts are the seeds. You get to choose what seeds you plant in it. You can plant seeds of positivity, love and abundance. Or you can plant seeds of negativity, fear, and lack. You can also spend time trying to take care of everyone else's garden. Or you can work on making yours beautiful and attract other beautiful people to your garden."
This quote makes me think of all the seeds I have planted this past year, trying to take out the weeds and plant new possibilities. I look forward to this next year's journey and what seeds will be taking root as my inner wild woman voice becomes even stronger!Look for future posts that will educate you on essential oils, living by the lunar cycles and inspire you to be your best self each and everyday.
I love this empowering pic with my little friend Ry at a beautiful outdoor wedding last fall. She's already wearing her red shoes. You go girl!