I’m inspired by woman across the nation who are shifting taboos and finding unique and creative ways to generate deeper awareness of healthful opportunities for women. These special ladies are venturing outside cultural and traditional comfort zones to open new meaningful conversations and share different perspectives. By sharing their work, these groundbreakers are creating a deeper connection to our collective sacral chakra – an energy center related to emotions, relationships, joy, and creativity. These women passionately bring to life their inventive ideas and highlight different perspectives about the relationships we have with our beautiful and powerful bodies, with ourselves and others, and beyond. Fortunately, there are a growing number of pioneers out there today. Here are four worth checking out!
Beauty in Blood – Jen Lewis
Her choice to start using a menstrual cup completely changed the focus of her life and inspired her to create beautiful works of art using menstrual blood. Be sure to check out recent articles about her work and her upcoming exhibition—Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show—at the conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) in Boston, June 4–6. Research is underway on the role menstrual blood stem cells can play in curing life threatening diseases. Jen’s art is not only honoring the beauty of blood but the magic in it too.
Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts – Regena Thomashauer
Mama Gena teaches women of all ages to “use the power of pleasure to have their way with the world.” Although I haven’t taken any of her courses (yet), I’ve heard amazing things about both her and her classes from a reflexologist who sat next to me at a wellness fair. I also, recently and unexpectedly, heard raves about Mama Gena’s classes from two young ladies. One of the ladies said that if she ever has a daughter, she’ll definitely make sure she attends a class. Mama Gena is on point! Creating passion and fun—that’s the juicy oozy woozy opportunity waiting for us to experience every day!
Naturally Savvy – Andrea Donsky
Andrea Donsky, mother of three, channeled her passion for living a natural and organic life and reading food labels into becoming a go-to source for consumers wanting to learn more about healthier food, cosmetics, and common household products. She digs in and goes deep with her research. Her cringe-worthy YouTube video made a big impact on me and thousands of other women. In her must-see video, she burns an Always pad, and compares it to a NatraCare pad. That’s why I had to quote her in my recent HuffPo piece about the Robin Danielson Act.
Occupy Menstruation’s Facebook page describes their purpose as, “Your virtual Red Tent. Honoring all things menstrual, menopausal, lunar, sisterly, and divinely feminine.” I’m confident that their varied content and art work will create a reaction—perhaps ranging from inspirational and funny to uncomfortable and confused. Brava to them for making us ponder and contemplate, as they have in these recent posts : “If Maxi Pad Ads Used Red Instead of Blue” and “5 Women Debunk Myths About Choosing to be Child-Free.”
I highly recommend connecting to these sources of female empowerment created by women who are effecting positive change! It feels as though we’re approaching a tipping point that’s coming soon. We hope. One encouraging sign—Jen Lewis recently had her work highlighted in the Huffington Post. One of the comments in reply to a negative one made me smile optimistically, “everything is “stuxxx hipster bullsh$$ until the right amount of the right kind of people jump on the bandwagon.”
The bandwagon is definitely moving forward! Many thanks to these courageous trendsetters!Lorraine Giordano Inspired To Health www.inspiredtohealth.net firstname.lastname@example.org 201.344.6448