How would you define 'honouring self'?
Taking time to make time for myself. Creating space for me. That's what for me is honouring self.
Being in flow. Having more of the moments when I don't really have a sense of anything else - except what I'm doing.
Time for self. Pampering. Being true to self.
Being grounded. Being in the moment.
Where don't we honour self?
It's in the way we talk to ourselves.
In how we sustain the practice of honouring the self. Sometimes we do things for ourselves, but we don't think to sustain that practice in terms of honouring ourselves.
Not being true to our own individual needs. For some that is stopping work, for some it is finding that work-life balance. For someone else, it is launching a business. For me, I'd like to find a space to let my work light shine. I'd like to really use the talents I've got.
What area would you most like to transform?
What would transformation look like?
This last point - not-colouring - was received with much laughter and it reminded us that what might be honouring self for one woman may be totally the opposite for another. For some, making space for self may include colouring in...for others, honouring self means taking an active stance to hang out with your favourite friends, and not be colouring!!
Is there anything you want to take on doing / being over this next month?
- Trust my intuition, listen to my body, give myself time and go with the flow of what's good for me in that moment, is honouring myself in a holistic way - instead of stressing that I'm not keeping up with my task list!
- Pay my bills. Turn my life around. Address challenges.
- Lose the guilt and responsibility for others' behaviours over which I have no control. Letting go of a lot that doesn't serve me.
- For the next month I will be travelling to NZ and WA to spend time and support family. That is honouring self, for me.
One woman's daughter has attended a few recent Women Howling at the Moon evenings. She asked her mum to let the gathering of women know that she too is courageously disrupting at work, creating the space for management to consider betters of way to do things. Whoooee, go grrrrl!! You rock!
PLUS, participants apparently scored nineteen years' worth of good value for attending this March full moon event - which also happened to be Women Howling at the Moon's third birthday :-). According to some moon-followers, the changes we made that night are meant to have ramifications for the next nineteen years! Well, what a brilliant night to have been identifying how we will each be honouring self! Talk about good value, hehe.
What women are saying they have loved/gained from Women Howling at the Moon ...
- A sense of perspective and gratitude.
- Meeting like minded women.
- A better sense of "self".
- Connection with other women on a journey of discovery.
- Warmth, caring, respect, humour, ditching the small talk and getting right down to what matters.
- Being with positive passionate women. - Denise Bolland, empowers women to find their voice and speak their truth.
- Non-judgemental, always interesting, beautiful women. (Penny Robertson, CPTSD forum coordinator / Dog-sitting)
- I tend to stay on the surface of life like a skimming stone because I can. I love Women Howling at the Moon because it forces me into some depth. (Margot Morton, Clinical Educator)
- The companionship and that everyone felt at ease and free to share. (Paula Cotter, admin officer and promoter of modern products)
- Meeting new people. Feeling a connection / a vibration with the women I meet. (Robyn Cooney, Educator)
- I leave this evening with an extra bounce in my step. Hearing and sharing such intimate and empowering stories. Cheering each other on ... wherever we may be on our current path. (Wendy Kropf, new business owner).
Below, from left, Margot Morton, a health educator and regular Women Howling at the Moon attendee shares new possibilities for honouring self with Jo Knights (SoulCollage facilitator and owner of Inner Artist Creativity) , Julie Stevens (creative guru at Lovely Lines Chalk Art) and new business woman Wendy Kropf.
Are you ready for some amazing connections with amazing women?
Last time we talked about honouring yourselves. THIS time we are talking about courage - because we already know you have courage. AND you have great ideas. AND things stop you, right? So we'll:
- Identify what courage is for you and how courageous women truly are.
- Identify what stops you from stepping into your courage.
- Share our visions of a better world for all through using our courage.
- Learn what it means to step into your courage.
- Have a sisterhood being a stand for you to access your courage when you need it.
If you'd like to be part of this, book and pay by 20 April at the very latest. And to catch the Early Bird rate, and be in the draw for a free dessert of your choice - make sure you book by 13 April.
I look forward to seeing you!
To Your Magnificence.