The first time I ever saw a hummingbird was when I visited Big Sur. It was 1995 and I hadn't yet moved to California. As I sat on the patio of Ventana Inn sipping a glass of wine, gazing out over the treetops to the rolling azure waves of the Pacific below, a tiny iridescent bird sparkled and fluttered its way around the branches. Growing up in Florida, I'd never seen hummingbirds, so I became awestruck at this beautiful little bird, the sweetness of its song and the way it hovered right in front of me, then quickly disappeared. I felt I was getting a glimpse into a magical fairy world!
As humans we have two energetic polarities which keep us in tact. We have a grounding force in our root chakra helping us to be strong and vibrantly connected to the earth and its natural system. We also possess a universal connection at our crown chakra keeping us open and nourishing our receptivity to a higher wisdom. Both keep us aligned with our highest potential. Yet, we can often become ‘uprooted’ from our grounding force or ‘disconnected’ from our universal connection due to the infringement of daily life stressors.
Preface: I want to begin this post by saying this is not a post about politics, rather how we educate our girls to be strong women. I did my best to keep my personal political viewpoints to myself and honor the freedom we have in this country to possess viewpoints of varying degrees in the political arena.
Last week news reports surfaced about a presidential candidate who declared that because he was in a place of ‘celebrity’ and power that he can do anything to a woman, even grab the most personal, private place of a woman’s anatomy. This clip played in a repeated loop through the news channels spanning local to national. Because my lovely husband is a newshound this story saturated our home and because the p-word carries such shock value it was used repeatedly in the various reports.
When my daughter’s favorite show Saturday Night Live, did a spoof on these reports (also using the p-bomb), I felt it was time to have a brief conversation with her. Brief because she’s 11 and she hasn’t yet become accustomed to this vernacular for the female anatomy. And as far as I know she hasn’t been approached by anyone using this, or any other type of derogatory language, or worse, actions against her. But after last weekend I was certain that some boy, in some household would hear these same reports and hear it downplayed by this presidential candidate that it was simply “locker-room banter” and then proceed to school Monday morning to begin laughing about it with friends and, without fully understanding its gravity, begin saying it to girls to get a reaction. And so I told my daughter if anyone approached her using such language to turn and walk away from them, not engage and even tell a teacher. And as I relayed this to her I saw a combined expression of confusion mixed with horror that someone would even think about doing such a thing.