by Roslyne Sophia Breillat
Every woman loves to nurture, give, help, serve, take part, belong. When she lives from the innate generosity of her feminine spirit, she enjoys the natural state of giving and receiving as one. When she is in harmony with her body and being, she gives without ever knowing she is giving. Her body is the physical representation of Mother Earth’s beneficence. Her body connects with the spirit of the earth through giving. Her body loves to give. Her body also loves to receive. It is her nature to give to her friends, family, sisters, lovers from the openness of her heart. It is her nature to give to the earth through her love of sacredness and beauty. It is her pure delight to give passionately in lovemaking from the deep vastness of the Earth Mother in her womb.
She enjoys nourishing others through cooking, touching, talking, listening, supporting, creating, loving. She is always there with a kind word, wise counsel, a homemade cake, a bunch of flowers, a creative gift, a warm embrace, a tender kiss, a welcome smile. Her deepest acts of giving manifest when she gives from the stillness, depth and
silence of her true nature, her true being.
The precious gifts of such giving do not always come through physical actions or spoken words, but through the power of her female presence. And this embraces many ordinary actions throughout her daily life. Sometimes she is learning to give from a deeper place through doing nothingat all, through simply being who she really is. A woman in our society is frequently conditioned that giving to others without giving to herself is her duty, an integral part of who she is. This focus upon giving as a duty has usually been passed on through the female bloodline of her family for many generations. Familial rules, structures and expectations reinforce the misperception that giving to herself is selfish or unacceptable.
In truth, it is not a duty or a burden for a woman to nurture or give to others. It is a joy. But only if she simultaneously enjoys nurturing her own body and being, giving in gratitude to the whole of life, within and without. Then, through giving she receives, and through
receiving she gives.