Creating Balance in a Stress-Filled World
Copyright ~ Sophia Breillat©
mentor at the Wise Woman University
Woman’s home has always represented her nest, her
womb, her sanctuary, her heart, hearth, palace. As a reflection
of the feminine psyche, this is a sacred space where she needs
to feel safe, nurtured, protected, sustained and balanced.
In ancient times, the Goddess Vesta of Roman matriarchal civilisation
embodied the heart of the home, and her round temple, symbolising
the womb, or female centre of life and creation, was the centre
of the city. Within this temple burned her Sacred Fire, representing
the flame of divinity within every woman. Vesta, her name
meaning “hearth” or “earth”, also
embodies the home place, or wellspring of nurturing, for every
man. He deeply and intrinsically needs his woman and his home
to be his sacred place of loving, relaxation and nourishment,
balancing his outer worldly life with inner peace and fulfilment.
Vesta represents woman’s wisdom, that indefinable and
intuitive feminine knowing that arises from the depths of
her innermost being. When a woman is connected to her divine
flame, heart or hearth within, she knows serenity, contentment,
strength and balance.
Every woman carries within her psyche the collective suppression
of female power and divinity that has insidiously seeped through
many generations. Every woman also carries within her psyche
the potential to awaken the mystical, divine and sacred qualities
of the Goddess within her heart.
She can never become truly free, truly who she is, until
she fully embraces her love, her truth, her grace, her perception,
her clarity. Without consciously merging with her sacred wellspring
of inspiration, she will always feel unbalanced.
In ancient cultures, woman was revered as the embodiment of
the Goddess in all her glory. Her heart, her hearth, her womb,
her home, all represented her divine centre of balance.
The richly dancing glow of the hearth is rarely the focus
of the modern home, where television and computer have now
frequently replaced this heart centre of the family. Contemporary
civilisation has dragged woman far away from her inner hearth,
into a world that increasingly demands busyness, attainment
Through becoming separated from her inner sustaining fire,
she has lost her harmony and equilibrium. Among the many things
that create havoc with the delicate balance of the female
psyche are lack of true love and lovemaking, lack of honouring
or acknowledgement, too much busyness, not enough nurturing,
not enough stillness or quiet space for enjoying the beauty
and simplicity of being.
You, beautiful Goddess, are out of balance because you have
stopped listening. You have stopped listening to your heart,
your intuition, your body, your love. You have abandoned the
intrinsic wisdom of your profound depths to a shallow world
that dictates how you should look, dress, work, live and love.
And so, you suffer, not really knowing why you feel so emotional,
insecure, doubtful, stressed or tired. You are unbalanced
because you are living in a world that is unbalanced, a world
where it is difficult for you to find your true place.
For many years, woman has become so immersed in the role of
primary caregiver and nurturer that she has forgotten how
to nourish herself in the simple ways that keep her heart
open, her love flowing and her passion alive. If she cannot
tenderly, sincerely and openly embrace all that she needs
to be, she will feel unbalanced.
she lives a life of outer distraction, where many other things
have become more important than love, this imbalance will
create deep emotional pain. Although she may pretend, repressing
this pain with busyness or addictions, eventually it will
surface, masked as inexplicable moodiness, despondency, eating
disorders, pre-menstrual tension, post-natal depression or
distressing menopausal symptoms.
When she sacrifices her soul to live through others, she
lives in denial of her own intrinsic needs, repressing her
innate wildness, creativity and power. This lack of balance
then creates emptiness, resentment and lack of fulfilment,
particularly if she sacrifices her natural need of loving
for emotionalised concepts of security, comfort, prestige
When she is truly loved, she glows, shining like the sun,
radiating a joyful presence of openness that is ageless. Everything
in her life then flows, everything is then balanced, simply
because her body and being are alive with love.
For the contemporary woman, life has become a stress-filled
balancing act where partner, children, home, work, creativity
and leisure time all tug at her heartstrings, each crying
out for her full attention. Pulled simultaneously in many
directions, she is frequently stretched far beyond her inherent
capacity for giving, becoming mentally frazzled, emotionally
unbalanced and physically exhausted.
The media, that illusory contemporary God of power, creates
extra pressure through preying upon her self-doubt, seducing
her into believing that to be a real woman, she must become
perfectly beautiful, perfectly functional, perfectly achieving
and perfectly thin. After long exhausting hours at the office,
she is expected to create a perfect body at the gym, cook
a perfect nutritious dinner for her family, help with her
perfect children’s homework, clean her perfect house
and make perfectly passionate love with her partner.
The external world creates too many complicated and unreal
pressures, forcing her to fit into rigid time schedules that
are not aligned with the natural flowing rhythms of her body
and being. When a lack of worthiness creates imbalance in
woman, she has difficulty embracing the enjoyable pleasures
of relaxing with nature, giving fully in lovemaking, spending
money on pampering herself, or simply melting into the sweet
bliss of doing nothing at all.
a woman cannot find enough space in her busy life for stillness,
nurturing and replenishment, she is already swimming in the
danger zone of excessive imbalance.
Every woman, in her innermost being, is a fragrant flower
whose delicate petals need sensitive nurturing. She is intrinsically
of nature, of the earth, not of the world and its forceful
She is not naturally attuned to the mechanical pressure of
clocks, timetables, deadlines and schedules, as these separate
her from the wisdom of her ancient primordial timeless knowing.
When she loses her connection with Mother Earth’s natural
rhythms, she loses a vital part of her divinity, creating
an imbalance that disrupts her menstrual cycle, her hormones,
her emotions, her body and her psyche.
Woman’s natural place is in the deep, in the vastness
of her being. She does not inherently belong in the world’s
shallow waters. Yet she constantly struggles to retain inner
balance whilst being too busy, doing too many things at once,
taking care of too many people, moving too fast. Although
it is her sincere delight and intrinsic joy to offer nourishment,
warmth, compassion, tenderness, she will frequently over-extend
and exhaust herself as an attempt to validate her existence
or increase her self-esteem.
As embodiment of the Earth Mother, woman naturally loves
to nurture, to give selflessly, but when she continually gives
and gives and gives without receiving acknowledgement, her
life quickly slips out of balance. She can graciously work
in the world, she can easily embrace many tasks, but if she
becomes depleted or sick through taking on too much, she loses
her power, and the virtue of divine integrity or sacred purpose
in whatever she is doing.
to be continued...
Copyright ~ Sophia Breillat© ~ not to be reprinted without
Sophia is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart
~ she may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Roslyne Sophia Breillat
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About the Mentor:
Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity. Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman’s transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.
Sophia’s training and experience includes primal therapist, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art, illustration, design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative workshops and courses.
Sophia’s writing and art is featured extensively on international websites and her articles and illustrations have been published in many national and international magazines. She is acknowledged as a sensitive and honest writer with deep perceptions and penetrative insight. She is currently creating a series of books that honour the power and wisdom of the feminine spirit.