How Are You Wearing Your Breasts?

BreastPicI’ve been thinking  a lot about my boobs and our collective bosoms lately. It’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. When my boobs started to bloom I was nervous about them growing too big or small. The only time I ever got into a physical altercation was defending my boobs in junior high school after receiving a purple nurple  (aggressively twisting a nipple) on the bus. I’m not afraid of purple nurples anymore, but how women’s boobs are treated is a bit twisted.

Today, many women are battling breast cancer and dealing with dramatic and painful choices. Messages in the media focus on objectifying breasts to removing them due to disease. Many of these messages lack a personal touch and intimate perspective.

Feeling curious, I decided to Google “what do your breasts mean to you?” The search results don’t reflect a celebratory vibe, but more of a clinical and medical picture. Some common words part of the result are:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Risks
  • Mastectomy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Mammograms
  • Lumpy
  • Dense
  • Facts
  • Symptoms
  • Prevention
  • Pink
  • Self-Exam
  • Engorged
  • Breast Pain
  • Research

It’s hard not to notice that a lot of the messages in the media focus on excisions, mammographies and raising money for research to find a cure. As helpful as research can be, those efforts are outside the daily reality of most women.

Thinking outside the box beyond the realms of how you wear your bra, breast size, nipples and cleavage – what opportunities are there to search for creating a deeper and intimate connection with your breasties?

Focusing on the symbolic nature of your bosom might create an opening to a deeper connection. Here are some aspects to consider:

  • The Latin word for breast is mamma. Can you find balance mothering others and yourself? Are you supersizing your mamma tendencies?
    • In Louise Hay’s book Heal Your Body the probable cause of cysts, lumps, and soreness relates to a refusal to nourish the self, putting everyone else first. Over mothering, overprotection, and overbearing attitudes.
  • Rather than using serious and clinical words regarding our two friends, couldn’t it help to connect to the positive symbolism they personally represent – starting at a young age?
    • Fullness
    • Feminine
    • Life-giving
    • Life-sustaining
    • Erotic
    • Receptive
    • Warm
    • Soft
    • Sexual
    • Nurturing
    • Twoness
    • Creative / Destructive (letting go)
    • Wisdom
  • The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images by Taschen highlights psychoanalyst Melanie Klein’s theory that women possess a breast that supplies and a breast that withholds. The right one is linked to consciousness and the sun and the left one is thought to be associated with the unconscious and the moon – thereby creating a link between the known and unknown. Something to ponder and consider the next time you’re at Victoria Secret checking out bras to support your consciousness.

My boobs take the lead as I walk on my path. I’ll admit that sometimes I get nostalgic for the days where my boobs stood taller at attention, but I continue to appreciate their beauty. I consider them mountains of feminine energy supporting a vibrant valley where my heart beats freely.

What do your breasts mean to you? How are you wearing them?

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Original image from Secret Garden postcards by Johanna Basford. Reinterpreted image by Lorraine.