Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Morning This and That

The weekend is over, and if felt good to sleep in a little.  It's a brutally cold morn so it felt extra good to cozy up in my long flannel gown. Now, I really don't mind the cold, but this is just TOO cold, especially when one has to stand and wait for the subway out of doors. Hopefully, the trains will run well this week, and the wait will not be too long.

Spent all day Saturday cooking.  Made both a pea soup and a black bean soup...which has turned out to be my utter favorite.  Yummy!!! Also made a pot of my low sodium chili, and for dinner Saturday cut up a salad and ate it with Chili Cheese Fries. Yes, it is possible to eat some of your favorites and still keep the sodium level very low.  

"From the time we are born, there is a wildish urge within us that desires our souls lead our lives, for the ego can only understand just so much."

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This weekend, I was looking in Amazon to buy a book and came across 'Soul Sisters: The Five Sacred Qualities of a Woman's Soul' by Pythia Peay,  and immediately the title reached out to my soul. Ironically, when I tried to purchase it, it turned out I already had it, and when I searched in my Cloud Reader, there it was. By the date I realized that I must have bought it when my son gave me the $100 Amazon card for my birthday and pushed it aside.  Needless to say. once I found it, I couldn't put it down.

The Divine Feminine encourages interdependence, interconnectedness, and mutuality: instead of dominating and controlling nature, the Divine Feminine represents reverence for nature’s web of life. Instead of dismissing feelings and emotions, the Divine Feminine interprets them as a source of wisdom.

from SOUL SISTERS by Pythia Peay

Briefly, Peay, like many of us, grew up in a religious household, but always felt that the patriarchy of the church was holding her back from spiritual fulfillment. The feminine qualities of self was missing, and it wasn't until she discovered the goddess movement that she began to feel whole again. In this book,  Peay uses examples of different female figures from world spiritual traditions, both past and present, to demonstrate the following five 'Divine qualities'--courage, love, faith, beauty, and magic--and  provides a road map on how to find and nurture these feminine values and principles that have been pushed aside by a one-sided patriarchy. This remarkable book is for anyone who considers themselves to be on a spiritual journey.  Do get hold of a copy if you have a chance.  You definitely won't regret it.


  1. Sounds like a great book and yes, Goddess Spirituality restores a whole layer of meaning that is missing from patriarchal religion.

  2. I certainly like the idea of this book; so much was lacking in my early Christian education. And now that I have lived with the Goddess in my life things are so much more full and vital. Thanks for this book recommendation.
    You better check to see what other books you might have bought and forgot about! You are like me, I swoop up a bunch and then forget, lol!!

  3. How lovely to find something we want... And realize, we already have it!


  4. I love the idea of the virtues and paths the author writes about. I'll definitely have to check the book out. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Your soup that you had sounds delicious and healthy!

    And that book I must get to read! Thanks for sharing!

    I've been talking to my Goddess a lot lately, because whenever I do, I feel at peace!

  6. Wish I had your talent for cooking.
    May I ask what you make your chili with?
    The only chili I have been eating is Wendy's.That was my lunch today.
    Hope the snow storm to come spares you...
    AND I. :0) (((hugs)))