Wednesday Wisdom: Birthing bodies

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider.

Birthing bodies: What is this body? What can it do? What does it mean to have an animal body? To give birth with a body or to be born into a body?

“Pagans reject the Christian notion that children enter this world bearing the burden of ‘original sin’. There is no place in their worldview for the denigration of the body, especially that of the life-giving body of mothers.” — Graham Harvey, Contemporary Paganism

“Ultimately, to acknowledge the life of the body, and to affirm our solidarity with this physical form, is to acknowledge our existence as one of the earth’s animals.” -David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous

“Birth sticks with a woman, remaining in her bones and her flesh as an embodied memory long after the baby has left her womb.” – Pamela E. Klassen, Blessed Events

Sacred, life-giving, animal, remembering… birthing bodies.

 

Of earth and sky‘ by Amber naralim Ross is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.5 Sweden License.

 

About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.


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