When I found out I was pregnant with a girl I grieved for a few days because I know what it means to be female in this world, and it fucking sucks. Because #MeToo includes harassment as well as assault I’ll go out on a pretty sturdy limb and wager that every woman for the past 5,000 years has experienced it. My four-year-old daughter has fucking experienced it. When I took her to the doctor for her two-year check up the pediatrician, a jovial old white man, commented on how beautiful she is; that the boys are going to be lining up for her. Yuck! If you think that’s innocent I invite you to imagine the equivalent being said abut a toddler boy. “Little Johnny’s quite the stud! He’s going to break a lot of hearts, wink wink.” It’s sexualizing children and it’s gross.
For about ten months now I have been graced with recurring yeast infections. They’ve been minor, but still extremely irritating, and very, very persistent. For those of you who’ve never had the delightful experience of a yeast infection, it shows up as itching and inflammation in the lady parts. It’s horrible, basically, and has been a constant in my life since January 1. I literally got the first symptoms on New Years.
In light of the tragedy yesterday I was reflecting on what, if anything, to post and the Hoʻoponopono mantra came to mind. That was instantly followed by a visceral WRONG. It's too soon to forgive. Which brought me to this post on the topic of forgiveness which I wrote on my personal blog several weeks ago. So I'm re-posting it here with an intention of blessings, healing, and light to everyone touched by the devastating events yesterday.
So here goes- Forgiveness. It’s one of the main teachings in every religion and a central tenet of all the woo woo stuff as well (Abraham-Hicks, Course in Miracles, I Am the Word, etc). Forgive everyone everything. When you don’t forgive it’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Sound familiar? I totally get it and 100% believe that our growth is limited by the degree to which we wish others harm. How could it not be? And yet...
Something you might not know about me is the degree to which I love Disney movies (and Disneyland, too, actually; but that’s its own post). They’re filled with archetypes, myths, and legends which make regular appearances in my inner work. My current favorite Disney title is Moana, which strikes such a deep resonance that I’m here sharing the details here with you now.
In case you haven’t seen Moana yet (and you really should- it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse!), the main story is such: Maui is a demigod who steals the heart of Te Fiti (goddess of life), bringing death and destruction to the earth. Moana is tasked with restoring Te Fiti’s heart, and in doing so she disobeys her father’s orders to remain on their island.
This film speaks to so many truths that I’m just going to go down the list:
by April b.
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