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Mother of Milk

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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2011

I recorded this reading of "Mother of Milk" in my studio in Vancouver for ARM's 'Mothering, Religion and Spirituality' Conference.

Breastfeeding my two children until they weaned themselves, a total of five years, I went from filling my time with constant doing, a consumption of time, activities, ideas, to being able to be with the vast silence of the interior stillness. In this learning of a deeper rhythm which seemingly encompassed the discordant ambiguities, difficulties, discontinuities, traumas, and irreconcilable aspects, as well as the joys and unities, of my life my spiritual understandings and practices underwent a profound metamorphosis. While I would emphasize that there are many spiritual paths, and that all are equally valid, the particular path I found myself on arose directly out of my experiences as a mother-of-milk as I subsequently explored the concept of the 'Divine Mother' in ancient mythologies and modern religions, through meditation in a yoga tradition, and privately before my small alter at home, so that, while still emphatically a 'woman in process,' my experience of a feminist, goddess-oriented, empowering way of being could be be described as an 'embodied spirituality.'

Videotaped in Vancouver, 2003, remastered in 2011
Copyright by Brenda Clews

Please see the Birthdance page at my website for a collection of my paintings and writings on the maternal body: http://www.brendaclews.com/birth-pain...

Also, a blog post with commentary on this talk: http://brendaclews.blogspot.com/2011/...
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This was a personal essay, or perhaps prosepoem of a certain point of motherhood, and I recorded it in my studio in Vancouver (where I lived at the time) for a conference on "Motherhood and Spirituality" in 2003 in Toronto. The viewing was well received. Afterwards the DVD went underground, and was in at least one art show, in 2004, at the Ayer Lofts Art Gallery in Massachusetts where it was one of the features of a video evening. The prestigious Mothers Movement Online published it as an essay around that time too, where you may read it: http://www.mothersmovement.org/essays...

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