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The Queen of My Self

The Queen of My Self

February 2011 Archives

Women and Soft Power in Business

posted by Donna Henes

I came across this article in the Harvard Business Review. It came serendipitously while I was collecting articles about women’s relationship to power. This piece emphasizes that power can be interpreted and employed in different ways. That the concept of […]

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Fear of Our Own Power

posted by Donna Henes

Many of you have, I am sure, come across this fabulous writing many times. It speaks to the heart of the matter of women’s dysfunctional relationship to our own power. In my spiritual counseling as a Midlife Midwife™ I dispense […]

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The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part  2By Dr. Marcia Reynolds, AZ So why do so many people keep telling women, “Step into your power”? Because women have a hard time saying, “I am powerful,” even though they like the […]

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The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I’ve got to tell you, I absolutely love this continuing theme of women’s relationship to power. This is a subject very close to my heart and something that we women need to examine closely and concentrate on if we are […]

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 2By Cheryl Saban, Ph.D, CA How do you start believing in yourself when you’re so used to being a non-believer? How do you begin to care about being you, if you’ve become […]

Believe in Yourself! A Self-Care Strategy – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

    We had a week’s worth of posts about Self-love, and now I would like to return to our previous discussions about women’s relationship to power. The letters and articles have been pouring in and it is my honor to […]

The Real Woman Creed

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. The Real Woman CreedBy Jan Phillips, CA I believe that within me […]

My Journey to Health, Wealth and Happiness!

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. My Journey to Health, Wealth and Happiness!By Susan Briggs, Australia I spent […]

Being Pleased With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. I recently received this wonderfully refreshing letter from a sister Queen […]

Valentine Self Care

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. Today is Valentine’s Day and I am sick. I have been […]

On Valentines and Vulvas

posted by Donna Henes

From the beginning, women were exalted as the image, the echo, the counterpart companion of the Goddess. Their access to ecstasy, imbued with spiritual significance. As priestesses, they tended the fires and fanned the generative flames from Her sex, the […]

Women’s Power – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

 Women’s Power – Part 3By Max Dashu Female mavericks were also active in the arts and sciences. The renegade nun Okuni originated the Kabuki theater, from which women were soon banned. In Moorish Spain, the poet Walladah bint-al-Mustakfi rejected the […]

Women’s Power – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Women’s Power – Part 2By Max Dashu There’s a striking interplay between women’s spiritual and political leadership, especially in indigenous societies. I’m thinking of of the Evenki shaman Olga who was both chieftain and religious leader of her Siberian village […]

Women’s Power – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

This article was written by a brilliant colleague, who I very much admire. She founded the Suppressed Histories Archives, an archive of hundreds of thousands of images of women of power throughout the ages and across cultures. The piece is […]

Powerful Words

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some wise words of inspiration in regard to your relationship to power. Take them in and feel their energy work on you. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.- […]

Tend and Befriend: The Power of Women’s Friendships

posted by Donna Henes

“Men walk, women talk.” The veracity of this the popular saying was recently proved in a landmark study conducted by two women scientists at UCLA. The long-held idea that the familiar “fight or flight” mechanism was the universal human response […]

Hymns to Hestia

posted by Donna Henes

Hestia, Goddess Of The Hearth And Home By Anne Baird, BC, Canada Hestia is the “unknown goddess.”The few statues that exist of hershow a sturdy matron,dressed in a sensible toga,her face often shadowed by a cowl.Her anonymity is deliberate.She embodies […]

I Like Winter

posted by Donna Henes

We are now past the midpoint of winter. Spring will be here exactly one month from today, the realization of which would normally please me no end. I would have had my fill of dark and cold. But this year, […]

What the Groundhog Sees

posted by Donna Henes

 February 2 is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is the winter midpoint or cross-quarter day. The duskiest, coldest season is now officially half over! Though the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of […]

Midwinter Purification Rites

posted by Donna Henes

February 2 marks the exact halfway point of winter. Along with the two equinoxes, two solstices and the three other seasonal midpoints, it is one of the eight energy-filled sacred days in the pagan calendar. Purification is the recurrent mythic […]

Previous Posts

De Sancta Maria
Hail to you, O greenest, most fertile branch! You budded forth amidst breezes and winds in search of the knowledge of all that is holy. When the time was ripe your own branch brought forth blossoms. Hail greetings to you! The heat of the sun exudes sweat from you like the balsam’s perfume.

posted 6:00:55am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Nature, Our Mother
In the beginning, there was woman. And she was versatile. She breathed, she stretched, she strode, she sat, she foraged, she trapped, she planted, she cooked, she ate, she bled, she danced, she laughed, she slept, she dreamed, she played, she prayed. She made art, she made ceremonies, she made love,

posted 6:00:25am Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Spring Cleaning
Happy Spring! In winter, we spend inordinate amounts of time inside, dwelling, stewing, stagnating in enforced inactivity. When our hibernating energy finally re-awakens in the spring, it is with a pronounced case of morning breath. After the dust, the must, the rust of winter, a thorough spring

posted 6:00:14am Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Friends for Life
I love working and playing in groups of women. I was never in a college sorority, so my first experience was in the feminist consciousness-raising group that I joined in the late 1960s. And what an eye-opening, empowering experience it was. We were a very diverse group brought together by our Boh

posted 6:00:39am Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Friends Keep Us Healthy
What mid-life crisis? How quality time with the girls makes women more optimistic about their future than men By Tamara Abraham Daily Mail, U.K. Most women treasure the time they spend with their closest girlfriends. And according to new research, it is exactly this that makes women in mi

posted 6:00:46am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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