Published on Thursday, April 25 2013 02:47
Throughout history humans have used ceremony to mark turning points in their lives. Ceremony can honor and acknowledge a time of change, a transition, a growth, a passing, or a rite of passage; the reasons are as plentiful as those who would choose to partake. In today’s fast paced culture, less time is taken to honor and celebrate life’s cycles and transitions.
A traditional healing ceremony of the Navajo called a Blessing Way, contains rites, songs, and prayers that focus on creation, healing, peace, and harmony. Considered to be one of the most important ceremonies is that of a young girl making the transition into womanhood. Another is that of the transition into becoming a mother. This style of ceremony has gained resonance with many people who are looking to honor these and many others of life’s transitions. Though it should not be confused as a Navajo Blessing Way, the current iteration of a Blessingway can be that which the celebrants make it. The Blessingway can be adapted to any religion or none at all.
For girls the process of becoming a young woman is often confusing and filled with questions. It is an energetic process rarely acknowledged, honored, and celebrated in our society. For expectant mothers, our society is great at giving physical “stuff” in preparation for having a baby; just think of the last baby shower you attended. But what many mamas’ need is less tangible. The experience of birth is sacred and by honoring the mother we create an atmosphere of reverence and love for her to carry with her and call upon during that time.
We need women, sisters, and mothers to share their stories, encouragement, and wisdom. The support of a circle of women gives strength to the journey. Some of the activities of a Blessingway may include symbolic gift giving in representation of a story or message from each attendee; laying of hands and proclamations of blessings to the honoree; candle lighting; a basket of blessing notes for writing messages; foot washing, hair brushing or other grooming/pampering as signs of respect; feasting and socializing joyously rounds out many gatherings.
Here is to mothers, to daughters, to women, and to all the men who support strong women. Join me over the next few articles or in person at Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic in exploring the cycles of women’s lives and the celebrations, which give them tribute.
Janelle Boyington, RM, CPM is a midwife providing homebirths, well-woman care, and lactation services; seeing clients at Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic, here in Lyons.
Published on Thursday, April 25 2013 02:33
In spite of the recent snows, spring has arrived in Lyons! One clear sign is the return of colorful bluebirds and finches to our town. Unfortunately, these birds are under threat from some nasty neighbors.
House sparrows and starlings are non-native, invasive species that kill and out-compete native birds like the Mountain Bluebird. Please help keep native songbirds coming back to Lyons byRead more: Help Protect Our Native Birds
Published on Thursday, April 18 2013 09:16
Thursday Nights Open Mic at Spirit Hound Distillers
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Published on Thursday, April 25 2013 02:09
Now we are having a lot of snow, sixteen inches last week, and it melted right away, and about eight inches today! That will really green things up. It is a sad thought, the snow and rain cause things to grow, the sun then dries them out, and causes the wildfires! There doesn’t seem to be any solution to that on going problem! However, I like nice sprIng snows that melt fast. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!Read more: About Town - April 25, 2013
Published on Thursday, April 18 2013 09:15
The weekend of Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, brings two of my favorite local bands to Oskar Blues in Lyons. The two bands are very different from each other, but similar in their ability to entertain folks with first-class music.Read more: Great Local Bands Coming To Oskars
Published on Thursday, April 18 2013 09:20
Spring brings with it a desire to be outdoors. Many Northern Colorado towns host Friday night walks where people take to the city streets, pop in and out of specialty shops, galleries, and/or museums, and partake of refreshments (often free). Daytime suggests a stroll to view art in public places. You’llRead more: Art In Public Places
Published on Thursday, April 18 2013 09:06
This Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the Stanley Hotel Concert Hall, the public is invited to come and welcome the Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Colorado’s premier Baroque choir, as it gets dramatic for the conclusion of their second successful season with a delightful program, “Divine Histories: Religious Ecstasy in Music.” Who doesn’t love a good story filled with drama and intrigue? Including music of theRead more: Seicento Baroque Ensemble Gets Dramatique