Wild Card Wednesdays ~ Life Force

Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.

My friend Ashley, who has appeared in this blog before, is the embodiment of radical life force. In addition to her incredible blessingway, she also had a belly dancing ball, to celebrate, through movement, the beauty of the feminine. It was amazing to be a part of such a powerful celebration—and affirmation—of the rhythms that we dance during our lifetime.

I loved paying tribute to mothering, sisterhood, birth, and babies through movement. It was such a gorgeous, transparent conversation of the heart.

I hope you take the time to watch this snippet  I filmed of the  incredible belly dance blessing day. If you listen carefully, you will hear our fearless leader Ixeeya talking about life force. She asks us to notice what body part Ashley awakens in each one of us, and then suggests letting Ashley move us with her birthing journey.

Dear Ashley—she does awaken the life force in us. She’s the type of sister you want to be splendid for, not grungy. She invites us all to recognize ourselves as the goddess gloriously but humanly incarnate, and then shows us, with each hip undulation, how to welcome that presence—not hide it.

Here are more photos from that special day that made us all feel a quickening in our bellies, an opening in our hearts, a lightness in our feet.

Thank you Ashley for taking us all with you to the veil—and back.

We welcome with love Tallulah Joy.

3 thoughts on “Wild Card Wednesdays ~ Life Force

  1. Elizabeth! WOW. thank you for sharing. Ashley is absolutely stunning, radiant and exudes kundalini from her every pore. AND this is her 3rd time becoming a mama! of course i remember her post (maybe you could link back to her turtle posting) — her reflections, process, attitude, prayers made an impression, a powerful and positive one, on me when i read them. many, many blessings to her, her baby, and family. looks like she has called in a wonderful tribe. xo

  2. Wonderful and vibrating indeed! Your friend is luminous and shares it!
    And this women circle with the tinkling belts remind me of my precious oriental dance class I was lucky to attend last year. Often we did it like this, in circle… How I miss it!!!

  3. Radical Life Force…How perfectly apropos! Ashley, is an inspiration. As so many mamas approach the threshold toward welcoming new life, it becomes an opportune time to embrace this force, fully. However, it seems that it takes about nine months to get in the groove, and then…How can we remain captivated and pulled in this direction, when disorientation tends to entice us with new demands, challenges and unexpected circumstances? It is a drug we have within, and tapping into it can be daunting, but creating a habit like this, is truly a life-line, a life force.
    I love how Aria (Ashley’s daughter dancing in the backround) is surrounded by these women. It becomes what she knows and becomes an imprint on her spirit, her knowing and seeking.
    Watching those hips move with the tidal pulls of the oceans and moon, it is apparent that we are so interconnected, and so powerful. These souls are the catalysts for change, the life and the force. Yoda was right.

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