Friday, July 17, 2015

Two Mamas

Recently the inside of my head was telling the inside of my head all kinds of big and crazy untrue stories. The perspective I was getting on the 68 x 24 inch rectangle of my yoga mat felt helpful and then all of a sudden too small. Best I could, I stayed in practice and I busted out on a walk, just like that, still wearing my sandals. With the movement of the walk, the air on my skin, and the gorgeous New Mexico sky as my friends, I started to feel better. And then I came upon a family of cows, two mamas and a baby. Animal Speak has just a little to say about cows: "[The] cow is predominately a symbol of motherhood and nourishment..."

Sometimes when I'm feeling sad, off-center or kooky in the head, I say out loud or silently to myself what I'm feeling. And then, sometimes, what happens after is that a wiser, more removed version of myself responds, and usually has some pretty insightful things to say. I started to do this after learning about something called "re-parenting." Re-parenting is exactly how it sounds and if you do it, it doesn't mean you have or had bad parents, although it might. Re-parenting acknowledges that we all have a "parent" inside of us, kind of like a therapist, who can give us the response we want and need. Those of us who are lucky enough to still have our moms alive and around for us to call when the going gets tough (Hi Mom!) have two moms, maybe even three. Re-parenting says that those of us who have a mom on the other side or a mom who's not so easy to talk to, still have this "parent" inside of us and maybe even a dad or two who's nice to talk to (Hi Dad!).

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