Book Bite – Eating in the Light of the Moon
Introduction on Book Bites and why I picked this aspect of the book to focus on. I was born with the gift of gab, but not writing, so in working with my strengths I’ve decided to record my thoughts for you. I hope you enjoy.
Mermaids & Sexuality
Recently, I read Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr Anita Johnston with my Fierce Love Book Club. This book deeply moved me on many different levels. Not surprisingly, the chapter on mermaids and sexuality caught my attention and I wanted to share a bit of it with you instead of doing a typical book review. Here is the beginning of what I hope will be many book bites.
Sirena – Chomorro Legend written by Dr. Anita Johnston read by Monika Kali Thompson
“The Mermaid is an archetypal image that represents a woman who is at ease in the greater waters of life, the waters of emotion and sexuality. She shows us how to embrace our instinctive sexuality and sensuality so that we can affirm the essence of our feminine nature, the wisdom of our bodies, and the playfulness of our spirit. She symbolizes our connection with our deepest instinctive feelings and our wild and untamed animal nature that exists below the surface of our personalities. While the mermaid can plunge into the watery depths of the feminine unconscious, she can surface to sing hers songs and have her voice heard. She is able to respond to her mysterious, sexual impulses without abandoning her more human, conscious side.”
Monika’s thoughts on the idea of a mermaid as an archetype representing sexuality.
“When a woman can trust her instinctive sensuality and sexuality, balance her conscious desires with her unconscious impulses, remain true to herself and feel proud of her womanly body, she is embodying the archetype of the mermaid. Unfortunately, mermaids are hard to find these days. They exist mostly as enchanting but mysterious, faraway images in the minds of young girls.
Why are so few women able to be mermaids, comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality? Why are we frightened of or repulsed by our sexual nature? Why do we reject the most womanly aspects of our bodies? What happened to the girls who dreamed of being mermaids?”
Mermaid BOPO ramblings and why sex and sexuality comes up in conversations with me so frequently.- * I state in this that “your body is just as it should be in this moment”. I’m going to take a moment and call myself out for that. Those are not the words that I meant, and I see that phrase to be potentially problematic for a great many people for a great many reasons. Instead of those words, I wish that I had said something more along the lines of – “how your body shows up in this world is ok, and it’s ok to have feelings about it”.
“To reclaim her true sexual nature, a woman must tune in to her body, her instincts, and her feelings. If we look outside ourselves to define our sexuality, we run the risk of seeing ourselves as sex objects and become vulnerable to feelings of disappointment and self-recrimination for failing to meet the standards of others. When we consider our sexuality as worth exploring from a personal, subjective perspective, we can begin to free ourselves from assumptions about women’s sexuality based on patriarchal distortions.”
Thanks so much for taking the time to hear my thoughts on this amazing book! Check out Eating in the Light of the Moon: How women can transform their relationships with food through myths, metaphors & storytelling.
Fierce Love Always,