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W
hilst we women have the ability to multi-
task, it isn't necessarily a healthy way of
operating over a sustained period of
time. Why? Simultaneously juggling many thoughts
and activities runs directly counter to possessing
the `one directional' state of mind that leads to inner
peace.
SO HOW DO WE MANAGE THE DEMANDS
OF OUR MULTI-FACETED LIVES WITHOUT
BECOMING A NERVOUS WRECK?
By adopting a more socially sustainable approach
inspired by the ancient feminine customs of our
ancestral grandmothers who lived during the
matriarchal Neolithic period (the new stone age).
During these times women understood
the more they interwove their lives in a spirit of
sisterhood, the more support they generated.
WHEN SOMETHING IS WOVEN IT IS STRONG.
So the less community support we have, the more
we tend to unravel in isolation or feel like a basket
case!
ANCIENT CUSTOMS TO INSPIRE A NEW WAY
FORWARDS
Women once shared their domestic responsibilities
and their harvest. What's more, artifacts discovered
from Neolithic settlements in Old Europe show
women of many generations lived together and
equally shared the task of child rearing. Compare
this scenario to today where the majority of mothers
work in addition to parenting in relative isolation -
a social norm which undermines everyone's needs
and results in a truckload of mother guilt.
So if living with the women in your family
tree isn't an option and you can't see an immediate
opportunity to live in an intentional community,
how do you create more practical support for your
personal wellbeing through sisterhood?
RED TENT SISTERHOOD CIRCLES
This ancient communal practice involves women
taking turns to share their innermost thoughts and
feelings once a month during the darkest lunar
phase when women are most at risk of anxiety and
depression. This process creates a bond of trust
through mutual compassion.
Whilst the aim of sharing circles is not to fix
anyone, but to access insight into life challenges
by attuning to one's intuition, my experience is
practical solutions are often discussed after the
circle over a shared meal so support is gained on all
levels.
3 REASONS TO ATTEND RED TENT
SISTERHOOD CIRCLES TO ENHANCE YOUR
HEALT
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1. Heal Past Wounds & Shame with Acceptance
and Compassion
We heal the emotional and psychological wounds
of our childhood in three stages. The first stage
commences when we commit to take responsibility
for our wounds through attending one-on-one
sessions with a trusted healer or counsellor. The
second stage is being witnessed in our vulnerability
within a trusted group dedicated to a shared process
of healing and empowerment. The third stage
is when we mentor others, offering experiential
wisdom from our own healing journey.
If we haven't undertaken the first stage
understandably we fear speaking in a group. Why?
The fear of our wounded self being seen is the
underlying reason why public speaking is feared
more than death by the global majority.
Fortunately with so many people
embracing many forms of therapy to address
their core wounds, a growing number are ready
to take their healing and empowerment to the