If you have even an ounce of skepticism about the powerful connections of women, let me anonymously quote a series of texts that buzzed my phone the day after returning from last weekend's girls' trip. "Down River Divas" is the come-to-life concept dreamed up by one of my first fast Colorado friends - a sage river spirit, who shines with the essence of diva. In her womanly wisdom and intentional energy, she tested the waters of this vision on her wide circle of friends. What she planned and executed was a compelling millieu for women lost in life-induced disconnectedness, to resurrect the dying rituals of sisterhood.
Allow the conversation to tell the story of a trip that began with four loaded rafts, which embarked on the seasonally swift current of the Colorado River, carrying 15 beautifully strong yet slightly broken women. From the pace we run through life, heads tangled in the web between our frenetic waking hours and restless few hours of sleep, our souls reach for the naked wild among our like. In spite of our schedules - because of our schedules, when we each received the invite, without hesitation, we threw our bikinis, costumes, journals, lotions, potions, disco ball, and hungry hearts into our dry bags for a three day/two night evolution of stripping layers and reviving. A divine diva intervention!
"I was going to bed last night missing all of you and the sounds of the river, giggles, and beautiful tunes. ... thank you again for creating space to gather, be ourselves and realize how much we are all connected and navigating similar tributaries in life and that we are not alone..."
"I woke up in my house in the city this morning wondering 'what happened to my beautiful desert?!' and 'these children aren't nearly as affirming or helpful as my river women!' It was so lovely while it lasted. Thank you (...) for organizing and thank you everyone for making it so amazing!"
"Big smile, heartfelt sigh and LOVES... Thank you everyone for filling us all up!"
"Lovelies, what a glorious opportunity to form lasting Goddess connections!...These (texts) have blanketed me with gratitude all day. Thank you!... Sending big hugs all around the circle."
"Hello my River Sisters! I'm boarding my flight back (home) now. I'm feeling amazing, strong, refreshed, and beaming with happiness thanks to all of you!"
"Best. Trip. Ever."
"I am counting down the days until next year! Love you all."
"The river don't talk, the river don't care
where you've been, what you've done,
why it is you're standin' there.
It just (flows) on by, whispering to your soul
it's gonna be alright,
the river just knows."
Opening Ourselves Toward Clarity
The first morning after a restless night in my tent, acclimating to vacation mode after an intense end of the school year, I pulled up a camp chair to the circle and dreamily drank in female conversation and coffee. As we de-fogged, we migrated with our paco pads to a cool sandy wash, still slightly damp from the flow of a desert storm only two nights before. Shaded by a cottonwood tree, we were led in a beautiful practice of yoga. The essential oil of Clary Sage seemed the perfect contribution - a drop applied to our Third Eye Chakra to help facilitate opening and clarity with specific attention to the baggage we carry as females.
Historically and still used for "clarity", this essential oil is known for physically clearing blurred vision and emotionally enabling us to "see" clearly and look ahead through an unmuddled lens. It can bring light to dark places we're struggling to move through and allow openness to intuition and inner wisdom. Clary Sage is primarily known and most often used to support the female hormonal system, offering relief throughout the menstrual cycle. Inhaling Clary Sage can soothe nervous tension, lighten mood, and create a sense of euphoria.
Elevate your physical and emotion wellness with the help of essential oils!