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Spam, unsolicited junk email; it seems to continually increase in volume, and recent weeks have of course featured a flood of spam messages related to Mother's Day.  They seem to come in waves; and they tend to color Mother's Day with the brush of crass commercialism.

But this morning a friend of mine wrote a Happy Mother's Day greeting from the perspective of appreciating and celebrating the Divine Feminine.  I loved it.  Her greeting gave me a much deeper appreciation of this day; and I've been thinking from that perspective of my own mother, my friends who are mothers, the feminine side of my own human nature, and of course our Mother Earth.

In Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine, phenomena are viewed as the interplay of yin and yang; feminine and masculine, in and out, interior and exterior, contraction and expansion, etc.  And in many spiritual traditions the movement, the interplay, the dance of the feminine and the masculine are recognized as essential elements of being; Shakti and Shiva being perhaps the most well known of these.

Two friends here in Asheville whom I see from time to time are mothers with infants; and being with them, sharing with them, has given me a deeper appreciation of the Divine Feminine in our daily lives as well as in our connection with, and manifestation of, the Divine Feminine as an essential part of our very nature as human beings.

So today we celebrate and appreciate our mothers, all mothers, and that which finds expression in and through our mothers, the Divine Feminine.

Happy Mother's Day!

Originally posted to DKos Sangha on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Mothers Day (1+ / 0-)
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    davehouck

    My thoughts on this Mothers' Day: The majority of America's poor are women and children, and this generation has dealt with extreme economic disparities by essentially ignoring it. There is no comprehension of why those without bootstraps fail to pull themselves up by the bootstraps. We have stripped the poor of their fundamental human rights, ironically at the same time that we were celebrating the anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (mid-1990s) -- and then simply removed the issue from the public discussion. We decided that the 6% of the budget that went into AFDC, enabling this segment of the population to survive, get their footing, and then move forward with their lives was  just a waste of money. Many of these women beat the odds -- pushed to the limit, sometimes faced with doing the impossible. Most suffer, largely because we replaced normal (as found in the more advanced nations) supports with extraordinary obstacles. Some don't make it. These women, parents who would not walk away from their responsibilities in spite of America's (sometimes brutal) treatment of the poor, are all heroes to me.

    •  It is indeed always of benefit to open ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... one's heart to those who suffer.  So yes, today it is especially appropriate to open our hearts to all the mothers of the world who are suffering.

      Thank you for sharing that.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:20:01 PM PDT

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  •  Last Sunday at church, the minister dispensed with (0+ / 0-)

    the ritual of having "all the mothers in the room stand up" (applause)."Now, if you're a grandmother, remain standing" (more applause). "Now, if you're a great-grandmother..."

    In the past she has given caveat recognition to single-fathers, and mothers who love their "four-legged" children. But this year she recognized the discomfort that this annual rite may cause for the women who never had children.

    Instead, she read these touching words by blogger Amy Young in her open letter to pastors (A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day).

    To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.

    To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.

    To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you.

    To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.

    To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

    To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you.

    To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.

    To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.

    To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you.

    To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience.

    To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.

    To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.

    And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising – we anticipate with you.

    This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:59:53 AM PDT

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