It was a beautiful day to be at The NY Botanical Garden absorbing profound information and imagery about what plants can teach us about sustainable and cooperative living with Robin Wall Kimmerer and Elizabeth Gilbert. I learned much about how to live in unity but I also learned something I never imagined.
It turns out aside from being incredibly eloquent and a lover of botany and nature, as a whole, Elizabeth Gilbert knows a thing or two about honoring women. This I learned as I excitedly got comfortable in my chair and listened as the NYBG director welcomed Gilbert who would be introducing Kimmerer - a renowned Botanist/Writer/Trailblazer.
It seemed like such a random union but as it turns out Gilbert worked very closely with Kimmerer as she gathered research and materials for one of her books - The Signature of all Things. But what got me the most was HOW she introduced and connected with Kimmerer.
I had not seen such honor and respect in a woman's eyes and voice when it came to another female... ever.
This in perfect timing for a program I'm co-creating with another female coach about how to foster feminine respect, honor and upliftment. And WOW, her words so resonated with what my partner and I were discussing on how that kind of kinship should look. So much so it gave me chills and opened up my heart to the acknowledgement from the universe that we were on the right track. That this kind of relationship and connection between women was possible.
Most times we see women glamorized and objectified as they get interviewed - talking about what they are wearing, more than what's on their mind. People always want the dirt on fighting and misbehavior amongst us rather than friendship and appreciation. It just doesn't sell.
Watching Gilbert's expressive heartfelt words truly resonated with how I wish the world was today. No more catfights. No more underhanded deeds or degrading words to pull another woman down but true honor and respect for the beauty that she was bringing into the world. It left me with so much HOPE for all the women that were watching and observing their interaction and how much unabashed love and praise was being passed back and forth. A beautiful interplay of love between two women in completely different fields and yet brought together through creative art.
I leave you with this question Gilbert asked Kimmerer about what we should do and what we can learn from plants when there seems to be such a lack of HOPE in the world.
In response, Kimmerer recalls a conversation with, I believe, a Sycamore tree that offered this thought: Build good soil. In other words when faced with the horrors of today, and when all hope seems lost, concentrate on the soil and good seeds that have been planted and are gearing up to produce beautiful supportive structures. Invest in those things we love and contribute to the good. Concentrate on that.
In the case of this feminine interplay, it brought me so much hope for the seeds these women were now planting for the world to see what it's like when women truly honor women.
"Let the sprouts growing be our vision not the darkness." - Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Inner Bliss Coach Teany
If over 17+ years in Corporate America, licenses in massage. energy work and coaching, working with 100's of clients and good old fashioned life taught me something, it's that life is worth living and living passionately! Enjoy these thoughts & lessons :-) Namaste, Coach Teany