Listening To The Feminine.

Those of you who are following these posts might want to know how I got on with the conversation I had with my body last night. As I was lying in bed I asked my body if we could either find a different way of releasing the toxins, or move it through overnight while I slept. Well my body chose the latter and this resulted in numerous trips to the bathroom, some sleep and then up, back and forth until I almost began to regret my request. Somehow I did manage to get some rest and then lo and behold, I woke feeling so much better, the cold is still in my system but the sore throat is gone. I suspect that when I wake up tomorrow I will be completely hale and hearty again!

I still felt tired but I only did what absolutely had to be done, and that was after having a nice sleep in. I came home and had a sleep in the afternoon, the honest truth is that I could probably have slept all day, but I had two plays to go to, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. That’s my country town, always so much to do and the finale for the evening was “The Vagina Monologues”. Some of you may recall a post called “My Regretful Vagina” that I wrote after deciding not to audition for this play. No regrets after seeing the show, it was deeply profound, disturbing, and very, very funny, to take part in a performance of this depth would have required energy and focus that I simply didn’t have to spare.

Brooke Shields and Andrea Martin perform The Vagina Monologues at V Day in New York, 2001. Photograph: Scott Gries/Getty Images http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/feb/04/how-we-made-vagina-monologues

Brooke Shields and Andrea Martin perform The Vagina Monologues at V Day in New York, 2001. Photograph: Scott Gries/Getty Images
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/feb/04/how-we-made-vagina-monologues

So by staying in touch with my own needs I was able to have my cake and eat it too! Listen to what your body has to say to you, it’s always speaking to us but most people tend to ignore the wisdom that it has to share. Life is so much more rewarding when you pay attention, I LOVE mindfulness, it means that I usually have a good idea of what is going in inside me, and if I don’t it’s an opportunity to discover more about that last frontier, the inner realms of the human spirit.

Here are a couple of clips I’ve posted before, but both well worth watching more than once, the first is my favourite version of “My Angry Vagina” from the monologues. The second is Eve Ensler, the author of “The Vagina Monologues”, speaking in India about the horrors of violence against women, and the inspiration and joy of what women are doing to change this. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og10JphWHRQ

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl | Video on TED.com

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