“We are filled with the longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We are taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four footed.”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D
The quote above is from a favourite book of mine, ‘Women Who Run with The Wolves’ by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I think most women can relate to this quote on one level or another.
I feel the longing she refers to is oftentimes hastily shushed and filled in many, many women with either food itself or thoughts and situations surrounding food such as bulimia, anorexia, body dysmorphia and other eating disorders. Some fill it with drugs and other addictions. This longing would of course be better filled by these women seeing their creative urges come into fruition in a way they personally choose, outside of the restraints of patriarchy.
What I hope to offer during this epidemic, is support and advice on healthier, cleaner eating which will lead to cleaner thinking. I want to see more women becoming healthier, on their terms and for their own health and own ideals, not for what others expect of them.
On that note, I urge anyone reading this who has been dodging their creative urges to accept them into your life, explore them with deep intent and show them off, whether it’s only to yourself, a chosen few or the whole wild world.
Whichever you choose, I trust you will be rewarded deeply.