Monthly Archives: July 2013

Blurred Lines Parody – Lame Lines

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For more videos, subscribe here! http://goo.gl/A9Y64H Click to Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/6iZ15 Lame Lines (Douchebag) Lyrics by: Melinda Hughes Baby, I …

Jacqueline Freeman‘s insight:

Fantastic answer for the rape-culture "I know you want it" crap of the original song "Blurred Lines".  NSFW

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In sickness and in health, til death do us part…

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Loving what our body does for us

What has your body done for you lately? Lots, I bet.

“In sickness and in health, til death do us part….”  We all know the words, but the only creature you truly have this relationship with is your body.  If you are on this planet, it is taking care of you.  There are even times you’ve checked out while your body endured some horrific trauma.  It is always there for you.  Always.

When I first woke up to this idea, I realized that I had treated my body the way my first husband had treated me.  I took it for granted.  I didn’t try too hard to find out a whole lot about all the different things it was doing for me every second of every day, I just complained that it didn’t meet my expectations.  That those expectations were not grounded in reality on any level mattered not.  When I did bother to find something out about how it worked and what it needed, it was to try to manipulate it into being what I wanted it to be. My body was a disappointment to me. Never what I thought it ought to be.

Feeling that way in my marriage hurt me on so many levels.  Now I realize that it just deepened the pain that I was already carrying.  He merely reflected back to me how I felt about and treated myself.

I’ve had many experiences over my lifetime that have taught me that happiness, companionship, and success have absolutely nothing to do with weight. I felt much worse about my body at a 7 than I did at a 26.  So if it isn’t about the weight, what is it about?

Its about the relationship we have with our bodies.  If someone talked about you the way you talk about your body, how would you respond to that?  If someone felt about you the way you feel about your body, what would that feel like?

“Your body hears you.” Michelle May leaned forward and whispered during her Am I Hungry? retreat last month.  It was one of the most powerful moments of the week.  I was there to facilitate the evening program, and was deeply touched by the stories of the participants.  The places I’d visited in my 20s and decided were just too cruel to live in were places many had spent their entire lives in.  I moved away, but I spent the rest of my 20s defending my right to not live there,  defending my right to love my body.  Even if I didn’t fully step into that right, I wanted the option available.

How about loving my body for the brilliance of its functional form? A recent Jezebel post asked “Can Nothing On A Body Be Merely Functional?” in a recent article about feet and all the flack they take. Though the language is a bit too strong to include in my newsletter, the message is one we desperately need to hear.  How about appreciating our bodies for all that they do instead of judging them for not looking like the photoshopped images we’re bombarded with every day?  What would that be like?

The Immigration Paradox – Movie – TIPMOVIE.COM

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Jacqueline Freeman‘s insight:

My experiences led me to the conclusion that worker’s rights are at the base of many societal ills.  Livable wages and enough time off to spend with loved ones, developing self, and giving back to the community would transform our society.  I’m proud to have been the narrative consultant on this important work that examines what’s actually at the root of immigration debate.  The makers are so passionate about getting folks to quit listening to the media and speak to each other instead, they’ve made the film available online for a limited time for less than what you’d pay at Redbox.  Please watch with your loved ones and spread the word!

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7 stages of white identity

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Today’s post comes from Daniel Hill, pastor at River City Community Church in Chicago. One of the things I appreciate most about Daniel is his cross-cultural teachability. He has a long history of …

Jacqueline Freeman‘s insight:

We can’t stand in our power if we refuse to acknowledge all of its facets.  We can’t connect to our intution if we disconnect and avoid pain.  There is the power within us, and the power bestowed on us (or restricted) by society.  Fully acknowledging both is necessary for our actualization as individuals and progression as a society.

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Wax On, Wax Off

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When I tell the story of Vasilissa, most listeners are as terrified of Baba Yaga as the story’s heroine. She lives deep in the forest in a house that dances and whirls on chicken legs. It is surrounded by a fence made of bones, with skulls that illuminate the yard- making it bright as daylight in the middle of the night.

She is an Arch-Crone. A Wild Woman. A force of Nature not to be tamed- and oh how that ruins one’s reputation in “civil” society. She understands and accepts the Life-Death-Life cycle and is thus a necessary teacher for anyone looking to step into their full Authentic power.

How you see the tasks says everything about where you are and where you're going.

Why does she frighten us so? There’s no doubt that she is an aide to those of a pure heart- Vasilissa being one of them. Do we question the purity of our own hearts and souls? To what degree is her reputation actually based on her nature and actions, and to what degree is it a projection of our own feelings of self-doubt and self-hatred?

By the time Vasilissa comes on the clearing in the woods where Baba Yaga’s hut lives, we’ve seen her slaving away for her step-mother and step-sisters. Every task completed is an excuse for more work to be piled on, and more criticism to be heaped on that when all is said and done. At first, it seems that Baba Yaga will just do more of the same… but something here is different. There is no criticism levied when all is said an done.

Perhaps we got Baba Yaga all wrong… What’s going on here? Is there a meaning to the tasks she’s assigned Vasilissa?  What skills would Vasilissa be developing while doing the Baba’s bidding?

We’ll be looking more deeply at Baba Yaga’s character Thursday 7/11/13 at the Food & Folktales event in Downtown Mesa.  Join us!

» 10 Ways to Lighten Your Emotional Baggage – The Psychology of Success in Business

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A list of 10 things to remember to make life easier and more manageable.

Jacqueline Freeman‘s insight:

Releasing shame and guilt make the top of the list for a reason.  Don’t feel guilty- acknowledge, make amends, and move on.  What practices have you insituted to release shame and guilt?  How do you forgive yourself and move on?

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