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Gwynn Raimondi
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This path, the path of standing in our Light and our Power, of embracing fully who we are, it isn’t easy. It can be heartbreaking. And sometimes it can be very lonely. But we aren’t alone. We only need to reach out and connect to the people who are doing the same thing: standing in their light, embracing who they are. Because sometimes we find our people this way. They don’t replace the people who broke our hearts by trying to hold us down; instead they are new people who help us build anew from our own rubble and ashes and become stronger and brighter than we ever were before.

Shame would have us believing that it is far more important to play small, to be lonely, to not seek out our people. That it’s “safer.” I bought into this story for a long time. What if they laugh at me? What if they think I’m/my work is dumb? What if they don’t want or need another another friend/collaborator/comrade?

You know what? No a single one of the women I have reached out to, not a one of them, have laughed at me or told me my work is worthless or that they don’t need another friend. Every single one of these women have embraced me in their ways. And I am safer now, standing next to them and in my own light and power than ever before.

In rebellious solidarity, always.
xoox

Psst... I wanna tell you something...
You don't EVER have to look on the "bright side.".
xoox

About a year ago in my weekly love letter I changed a section that used to be called Links of Interest to Rebellious Woman I Adore. The purpose of that section has always been to introduce other women’s thoughts and work to those who read these letters, and that weekend as I was writing the letter it just felt it was time to name the section what I’ve always intended it to be:: a way for us all to become connected and to learn from each other.

I’ve been told by some marketing “gurus” (no one I am currently working with) that putting links to anything that isn’t on my personal site would be detrimental to my work. That it is a big no-no to share the work of my “competition” (notice the quotes). That sharing others words or classes or products would detract from my own.

This advice has always felt wrong to me. It it counter to everything I believe about healing and connection and revolution and loving ourselves and shifting the paradigm. So, against the advice of “experts” I followed my gut and heart and values.

Because here’s a thing: The women I share are not my “competition.” They are my COMRADES. They are my sisters in shaking up the status quo and burning all these bullshit messages and ways of being down.

I believe there are a thousand million different ways to heal our wounds. My work is only one of those ways. And it may or may not work for any given person on any given day in any given moment.

My work, my life, is dedicated to healing wounding. To guiding each of us to stand taller and feel comfortable in our own skin (because it really is illegal to wear someone else’s). To love our Self and give ourselves compassion and respect.
I cannot do this work alone. I cannot change our patriarchal cultural training by myself. So I seek out other women who also do this work, in their way, with their voice. And when I find them and get to know them and believe in them and their work, I will shout their names from the rooftops for everyone to hear and know and explore.

We are all in this together. Not a one of us can burn all this shit down by ourselves, AND when we start putting each of our own individual sparks together, the fires will ROAR.

Let me repeat:: Other women are not my competition (nor yours). They are my COMRADES and TOGETHER we will burn it all down and rebuild from the rubble and ashes.

In rebellious solidarity, always.
xoox

May we know self-compassion and self-love deep in our bones and being

Soothe your nervous system::
Neck Turn
Sit or stand and slowly move your head (so that your neck moves too) from left to right and back again, noticing and commenting on (either in your head or out loud) every thing you see. Comment on colors, textures, how the light or shadows are, etc. It is important to move your head and neck and not just scan with your eyes.

Why this works
By consciously moving our head slowly and naming colors and textures and objects, we are activating our frontal and pre-frontal cortexes. This sends messages to our body and brain that we are in a safe space and thereby helps to calm the nervous system.

You can do this at any time. It also can help to relax you at bedtime and help to quiet your mind.

:: I'm not sorry I take time to nourish and replenish my self.
:: I'm not sorry I take time to nourish and replenish my self.
:: I'm not sorry I take time to nourish and replenish my self.

What are you not sorry for?

#imnotsorry

This work of stepping into our power can be terrifying. There is so much that can be lost. And there is also so much to gain.

I invite to you take the risk. To take that first step. To set that boundary and hold it. To speak your Truth and stand behind. To be you, unapologeticly and wholly, you.

Soothe your nervous system::
Lip Tap
Use the index finger of your dominant hand, and gently tap your lips.

Why this works
This exercise causes salivation. When the body is in a perceived threat state, salivation stops (our mouths go dry). By promoting salivation we are giving signals to our brain and body that we are safe and this in turn calms the entire nervous system.

You can do this at any time. It also can help to relax you at bedtime and help to quiet your mind.

Psst... I wanna tell you something...
You are amazing just as you are.
xoox

May we explore all of our stories of too much and not enough and understand they have nothing to do with us
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