Taking Care of Mother Earth & All Her Life

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The kid on the right is not mine but got caught up in the lawn mowing fun. A little tit for tat after they stacked wood at his home this AM.

So this morning I sent my kids out to mow the lawn. This always entails a lengthy briefing, weed walk, about the yard to warn them what to avoid cutting.

back yard plant menagerie

milk weed, wild mint, white clover and black eyed susan, red clover, marshmallow

  1. Be careful…Don’t mow the marshmallow plant next to the sandstone steps. Marshmallow is a healing herb.
  2. Avoid those purple flower patches too. That is self-heal, another good healing herb.
  3. Stop at the edge of the yard where the plants get taller. I have a whole garden of wild mint and I want it to spread.
  4. Please avoid all of the milk weed plants. To which Eli responds: “Mom, there are hundreds of them.” Yeah, I know. They are for the Monarchs. Just be careful.
  5. And remember, mow around the Mullein plants. They are great lung & ear healers and bone building plants. Eli sighs and says… “Why can’t you just be normal?”  Jake retreats into the house to work on school work; probably a good choice right now!
  6. We pass by a patch of white clover… oh, don’t mow that white clover. The bees and butterflies are feeding on it right now. Sometimes a deer or two comes into the yard to eat it. And look, there are Black Eyed Susans growing in the middle of the white clover patches. Which reminds me, don’t mow the red clover patches either. “Mom, the whole back yard has huge patches of white clover. What am I supposed to mow?” Ok, you are correct. Skip the backyard for now, let’s go look at the side yard.
  7. OK, about that side yard boys… there are Indian Paintbrushes and Buttercups starting to bloom. Please don’t cut them. They add such pretty orange-red and yellow color to the sea of green plants. “Mom, they are all over the place.” Yeah, I see that. OK, skip the side yard.
  8. “Mom, the part you let us mow on the other side of the driveway (most of that part of the lawn is left to bloom wild flowers of all sorts)… it is covered with white clover. Are we to try and mow around those patches?” Nah, ‘ya know what… skip that part too. We’ll get it when the white clover blossoms turn brown and shrivel.

So Mom… what exactly do you want us to mow? Ok, just skip mowing most of the yard and just mow up near the steps to the house and along the fence. It is all just grass there. Well, except for the Mullein growing by each fence post. Be careful, I transplanted them from the middle of the back yard so you would not have to mow around them.  To which Eli rolls his eyes and his buddy, Aj, just chuckles. All weeds (they are healing herbs!) are welcome in our yard.

How about we go for a walk in the woods instead and leave the good plants from Mother Earth to feed all her living beings?

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Honoring the Female Within

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Maiden                Maid-Mother           Enchantress           Wise Woman

Women go through phases of our female selves every month during the course of our moon cycle. The 10 lunar months of pregnancy go through the same Maiden (Spring), Maid (Summer), Enchantress (Autumn), and Wise Woman (Winter) energies. Females go through these phases on a larger scale as we live through our entire bleeding – menstrual years. On an even bigger scale, we women go through these phases from our birth to our death. Autumn has to be the notorious 40s!

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At 19 years of age, as a nursing student, I observed my first birth.

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I was fascinated and in total awe of the whole process. When I began to think about it further, what brought this birthing moment to us, I was even more amazed at the miracle and magic that is brought forth by a female’s body. I am still amazed that a half cell, egg, can be fertilized by another half cell, sperm, and create a whole new human being. One cell goes on to form an entire embryo (each and every one of the different organ systems!), placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic sac, and amniotic fluid. That is one very busy little cell!

       The Magical, Creative Uterus

The Magical, Creative Uterus

Sometimes that one cell does all of that busy work twice (identical twins) and even more rarely to form identical quadruplets or more!

This entire process has captivated me from that day in the birthing room when I was 19 years old. I never cease to be amazed at woman’s, human’s, creative capacity.

Over the course of a female’s lifetime she walks the earth as a maiden, a maid-mother, the wild woman enchantress, and finally the wise woman elder.

At menarche a woman enters her power,
Through menstruation she practices her power,
At menopause she becomes her power.
Native American Wisdom

Honor the divine feminine energy within through every phase of your cycle and life for the creative gift it is.

Want to “Re” – learn more about your beautiful female ways? Join Moon School, it is never too late to join or re-learn!  Hugs of love & light, Paula

Love… Pure Love

Love… Pure Love

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If we all loved each other,

with the

depth,

purity, and

forgiveness

of a Mom’s love towards their Kids…

the Whole world would be a better place

for every one, every being, and every thing.

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Great YouTube song about love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cW8Alo_5uI

One of my LOVED Kids from public school teaching!

Em

Great Books on the Feminine Divine by Trista Hendren!

I have both of these books to share with my sons, and in classes I teach in my holistic health education series and workshops.  I want my sons to grow up recognizing the divine in women, in everyone.  So far, at 12 and 15, I think they deeply understand!  I am grateful to Trista for these books as it is another voice speaking to my sons, not just Mom.  Blessing Trista for the “work” you do in this world! 

A magically illustrated children’s book celebrating the Divine Feminine. The Girl God is a story about how I was able to relate spirituality back to my daughter in words she could understand. The Girl God contains 36 paintings by renowned Norwegian artist Elisabeth Slettnes. The book also contains 36 quotes from all the major faith traditions as well as quotes and poems from Patricia Lynn Reilly, Virginia Woolf, Rumi, bell hooks, Georgia O’Keefe, Z. Budapest, Sojourner Truth, Gloria Steinem, Carol P. Christ, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Walker, Sue Monk Kidd, June Jordan, Judy Chicago and many more!

I am posting this book review as it is from a Dad!

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desiderata
I purchased this for my teenage daughter as a gift. What an honor it is as her father to be able to give her something so glorious. So transformative. So stunningly beautiful. I want to thank the authors for allowing me to show my daughter how I value and cherish the sacred power she carries within herself.

A loving tribute to Mother Earth and a call to action for children, their parents and grandparents. This book contains gorgeous illustrations by Elisabeth Slettnes as well as inspiring quotes from Vandana Shiva, Raffi Cavoukian, Sue Monk Kidd, Rachel Carson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alice Walker, Winona LaDuke, Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Molly The Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin, Buddha, Starhawk, Audre Lorde, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arundhati Roy, Dr. Jane Goodall and many more.

This is a great book for anyone!! It really captures the spirit of the feminine in spirituality, as well as the feminine and spiritual connection to the Earth and environmentalism. The illustrations are just gorgeous!