Counseling

Mothering as a Revolutionary Act

ecological self green motherhood mental health motherhood revolution radical relatedness Sep 20, 2021

 

Mothering can be a revolutionary act that helps us move from a culture of separation and domination to one of interconnection and justice.

 

Mothering is a valuable standpoint that holds social and political power within cultures that honor Life. The key is relatedness, as it disrupts the patterns that cause pain to so many family members within our ecological systems… and keep us numb/apathetic to that suffering.
The act of mothering can open us up to greater understanding of our relatedness to Life, as a part of the living body of the Earth, rather than apart from it, which is our status quo story (Keating). This opening to the ecological self can feel like a coming back to live (Macy). It can also challenge the denial some of us use to resist the psychologicall toll of our climate crisis head on... causing great suffering. 

Our work is to wake up and speak the truth of our experiences on an endangered planet in order to transform despair and apathy into constructive, collaborative action (Macy). Opening to the reality of what is happening to our interconnected and interdependent selves, what I think of as the “foundational mother wound”, brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger living body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We open to BOTH the grief of our world and the intelligence of Earth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As a therapist I trust this ecosystemic wisdom and am mesmerized by how it shows up for mothers doing this work. There is no need to fix or comfort. We can trust the Earth's wisdom in guiding us towards personal and collective healing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We can find empowerment in planetary suffering, by allowing it to lead us on a journey of unraveling and unlearning (and unsettling for white bodied people) ways of being that have kept us apart from our true natures.

Some have said mothers are doing enough. It’s true we are busy, and it's important to note that cultural norms of intensive, green motherhood busyness may be by disempowering design. And yet, there is still room to shift the theories guiding our maternal practice - and recognizing when our theories of mothering are shifting because of our experience - to see how our mother praxis might be more supportive of our individual and collective personal-planetary wellness.
 
 

Listen to the Mother Praxis podcast, exploring how we can challenge norms and reenvision motherhood for ourselves, our families, and our planet. 

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