International Woman’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Mother Earth. This is a day that honors women from all over the globe, past, present and future. It celebrates women’s triumphs, achievements, and successes. It recognizes women for the intrinsic characteristics that we call “feminine” – characteristics like being healers, nurturers, wise-women, peacekeepers, and caregivers.
In many cultures, animals carry certain healing characteristics. The turtle is one of these creatures and often represents Mother Earth. Turtle also reminds us of the phrase, “slow and steady”.
These two ideas come together very nicely in regards to recognizing International Women’s Day. Honoring women while taking it easy may sound like an overly simple idea, but most women would agree that it can be hard to slow down.
According to Ted Andrews,
“Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. For that to happen, we must slow down… see the connection to all things” (Animal-Speak, Llewellyn Publications, 2002).
So this International Women’s Day, try slowing down. Honor women by spending some time thinking about the inter-connectedness of everything and think of ways to take care of Mother Earth.