Maiden, Mother, Crone
In some traditions, there is a reference to “Maiden/Mother/Crone” as a triple goddess, who embodies all the feminine aspects of life, and also symbolises the 3 stages in a woman’s life.
The Maiden is the young virgin. She is the girl flowering into womanhood with the onset of her first period, learning about herself and her sexuality.
The Mother represents the next phase. This period usually involves marriage and motherhood, but is indicative of a woman’s sexual maturity. She is both fertile and fulfilled. She is aware of her body and emotions. She has a truer sense of self and nurtures others.
The Crone is the final phase in the menopausal journey. Fertility decreases and hormone balance is changing. The Crone is the wise woman. She has seen and experienced the wonders of life. She comes into her own power and sets an example for others.
Society often ignores or casts aside the Crone figure as we generally worship youth, but menopause is a time for women to embrace the qualities of the Crone and seek true wisdom.
When the energy flows freely through your energetics system, you may experience a flowering of spiritual gifts, particularly of intuition – a key part of the wise woman archetype. Your ability to sense and connect with energies and spirit is magnified. As the reproductive aspect of your physical body winds down, the spiritual aspects of your subtle body ramp up! And this shift is something that can continue to deepen for the rest of your life.
So make some time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes!
Meditation; One Minute of Mindfulness
This is an easy mindfulness exercise, and one that you can do anytime throughout the day. Take a moment right now to try this. Check your watch and note the time. For the next 60 seconds your task is to focus all your attention on your breathing. It’s just for one minute, but it can seem like an eternity. Leave your eyes open and breathe normally. Be ready to catch your mind from wandering off (because it will) and return your attention to your breath whenever it does so.
This mindfulness exercise is far more powerful than most people give it credit for. It takes some people many years of practice before they are able to complete a single minute of alert, clear attention.
Keep in mind that this mindfulness exercise is not a contest or a personal challenge. You can’t fail at this exercise, you can only experience it.
Use this exercise many times throughout the day to restore your mind to the present moment and to restore your mind to clarity and peace.
Over time, you can gradually extend the duration of this exercise into longer and longer periods. This exercise is actually the foundation of a correct mindfulness meditation technique.
The journey of menopause should be honoured and celebrated by all women. In many ways it’s like a graduation. You are crossing the threshold into a new phase of life. Embrace the change and create a wonderful new chapter in your life story!