Mother of Milk, 2003 (it takes 10-15sec to begin)
This paper was recorded for, and shown at, ARM's 'Mothering, Religion and Spirituality' Conference.
Breastfeeding my two children until they weaned themselves, a total of five years, I went from filling my time with constant doing, a consumption of time, activities, ideas, to being able to be with the vast silence of the interior stillness. In this learning of a deeper rhythm which seemingly encompassed the discordant ambiguities, difficulties, discontinuities, traumas, and irreconcilable aspects, as well as the joys and unities, of my life my spiritual understandings and practices underwent a profound metamorphosis. While I would emphasize that there are many spiritual paths, and that all are equally valid, the particular path I found myself on arose directly out of my experiences as a mother-of-milk as I subsequently explored the concept of the ‘Divine Mother’ in ancient mythologies and modern religions, through meditation in a yoga tradition, and privately before my small alter at home, so that, while still emphatically a ‘woman in process,’ my experience of a feminist, goddess-oriented, empowering way of being could be be described as an ‘embodied spirituality.’
Videotaped in Vancouver, 2003
Copyright 2003 by Brenda Clews All Rights Reserved
Ref: 'Mothering, Religion and Spirituality,' The Association for Research on Mothering’s 7th Annual Conference, October 25, 2003, at York University, Toronto, Canada.
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