Wednesday Wisdom: Motherhood

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. Motherhood…

a black bear and mother By beingmyself

Motherhood is the state a woman achieves once her baby has been born, or when she has young for whom to care.  It also refers to a group of mothers, the mystical sisterhood of those women who have given birth and/or perform mothering duties.” – Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy 

“The weather of motherhood can seemingly alter from moment to moment, day to day, a rollercoaster of emotions stronger than one has ever experienced before. The stakes, after all, are far higher than anything we have ever played before: the very life, health and happiness of a creature that is our own flesh and blood.” -Lucy H. Pearce, Moods of Motherhood

“I’m winging it every day, praying, surrendering, steeping myself in grace by any means necessary. I grapple with finding my own integrity, to trust the path that I have chosen, to believe that I am mothering well, that I can claim for myself a belief in my own goodness.”  – Elizabeth at Mothering with Soul

When did you know yourself as a mother? What’s your motherhood weather? How do you find grace in motherhood?

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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.