Mothers, Mothering and the Divine Feminine

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This week, weโ€™ve been asking mothers to share theirย ๐Œ๐Ž๐“๐‡๐„๐‘๐‡๐Ž๐Ž๐ƒ ๐‰๐Ž๐”๐‘๐๐„๐˜. We interviewed two amazing moms; Cameron Lee Barnum and Maya Kerthyasa. Weโ€™ve compiled their interviews here, to serve as inspiration for other mothers (and fathers!) and as a celebration of the divine feminine.

MAYA KERTHYASA

๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐š•๐š’-๐š‹๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š ๐š†๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐™ผ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š˜๐š ๐™ป๐šž๐šŒ๐šŠ๐šœ

๐š†๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŽ๐š—๐š“๐š˜๐šข ๐š–๐š˜๐šœ๐š ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›? ๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š'๐šœ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›?

Motherhood awakens a different kind of intuition. I really learned to listen with my heart, and thatโ€™s one of the greatest joys of motherhood, for me. Thereโ€™s also the undeniably delicious moments of love and cuteness and laughter. The hardest thing for me is seeing my son struggle in any kind of way, then learning to embrace that and let him experience his emotion. Itโ€™s challenging but important.

๐™ท๐š˜๐š  ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š—๐š˜๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šœ ๐š˜๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š—๐šœ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šŠ ๐š ๐š˜๐š–๐šŠ๐š— ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š•๐š’๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ?

Becoming a mother gave me a deeper understanding of love, duty, and responsibility, and it made me more compassionate towards all women, including myself. For me, being a woman โ€“ with a child or without a child โ€“ is about embodying the inner mother, because mothers create, mothers sacrifice, mothers nurture, and all the women I know contribute these things to the world. Mother Earth is an intrinsic part of the feminine being.

๐™ณ๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š•๐š’๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š— ๐š•๐š’๐š–๐š’๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š’๐š–๐š™๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š ๐š ๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š‘ ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šŒ๐š‘๐š’๐š•๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐š—? ๐š†๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š™๐šœ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐š๐šŠ๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐š๐šŠ๐š›?

I believe all humans have a responsibility to nurture the planet. So as well as taking steps myself, I believe strongly in raising my child as a custodian โ€“ not just doing the work for him. I encourage my son to garden, to respect the spirits of the land through storytelling and prayer, and to help take care of our animals. And as a family, we choose to fuel our bodies with naturally grown food and surround ourselves with products that impact positively on the environment and other people.

CAMERON LEE BARNUM

๐™พ๐š”๐š’๐š—๐šŠ๐š ๐šŠ-๐š‹๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š ๐™ฟ๐š‘๐š˜๐š๐š˜๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐š™๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›, ๐š‚๐šž๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐™ผ๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š˜๐š ๐™พ๐š๐š๐š˜

๐š†๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐šŽ๐š—๐š“๐š˜๐šข ๐š–๐š˜๐šœ๐š ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›? ๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š'๐šœ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ๐š‹๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›?

Iโ€™m only a month into being a mother but being able to watch him grow right before my eyes has been incredible. All the loving, feeding, soothing, snuggling, and changing endless diapers has been equally enjoyable.

๐™ท๐š˜๐š  ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š—๐š˜๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šœ ๐š˜๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š–๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š—๐šœ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šŠ ๐š ๐š˜๐š–๐šŠ๐š— ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š•๐š’๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ?

Over my lifetime, especially recently, Iโ€™ve realized how incredible it is to be a woman. Iโ€™ve been lucky enough to grow up with the encouragement from a loving family that the possibilities are endless no matter the gender. However Women have this special gift of growing, birthing, and nurturing the future that has forever changed our capabilities in my eyes.

๐™ณ๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š•๐š’๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š— ๐š•๐š’๐š–๐š’๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š’๐š–๐š™๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š ๐š ๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š‘ ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šŒ๐š‘๐š’๐š•๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐š—? ๐š†๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š™๐šœ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐š๐šŠ๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐š๐šŠ๐š›?

I absolutely believe limiting impact with sustainable options is not only good for the earth but also my family. Weโ€™ve taken steps by cloth diapering (which cuts down tons of waste to landfills), using reusable water bottles/straws/containers, making our own household cleaning solutions, DIY organic skin care, and purchasing products that use sustainable practices like Indosole. Even just implementing one thing can make a huge difference.

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