How can you nurture the whole woman? Nurturing the whole woman concept means to nurture every aspect of your life. Far too often, we identify ourselves with our jobs, bank account, life status, level of education, titles, the various roles – mother, daughter, accountant – we play every day, and our past. What about your internal identity or the core of who you are? What about your needs, values, principles, and desires? Do you nurture the whole woman?

Tidbits About Maya Angelou’s

With time, Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) born Marguerite Johnson understood the concept to nurture the whole woman. She was held captive by her boyfriend, raped at the age of eight, and a survivor of domestic violence. Even with these traumatic experiences, she became a poet, civil-rights activist, and author that spoke extraordinary words for other women to live by.  She had a kick-ass attitude with a forgiving and compassionate heart.  She encouraged women to support each other, to take action, and to accept the things we cannot change. She said the keys to success in life was to remember to laugh, like yourself, like what you do and like how you do it.  Not always something simple to do, to like ourselves, for instance, if we’ve experienced a traumatized past and depleted our self-worth, but it is definitely and realistically possible.

The Difficulties of Making Change

Maya Angelou understood the difficulties of making change. She stated, “Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” Because women are such nurturers and caregivers, how often do we stay in a violent relationship much too long? You have the right to leave. You have the right to take care of your self. If you are living in a bad situation, such as an abusive or dead-end relationship or a job, perhaps it is time to contemplate moving on or seeing what you can do to create change in the relationships.

Nurture the Whole Woman

When we don’t nurture the whole woman, illness may form.  Mental health problems, anxiety, and stresses on the body begin to tax us in various ways. Our thoughts get cloudy and distorted. If you are honest with yourself, you will intuitively know that you are neglecting some area in your life.  It is time to start nurturing the whole woman with reflection, self-care, self-acceptance, and self-love.

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