A thought came to me the other day.
I’m tired of being the bunny.
I’ve been noticing ways in which I stay small. Keep my income down. Keep my voice down. Swallow my irritation. Deflect compliments. Endure.
I’m tired of being the bunny. Of hiding. Deferring to everyone else. Coming last in my own life.
In the Spark* class a while back, we played with expressing our inner predator. It made us uncomfortable. Because red in tooth and claw and all that. Eat or be eaten. Nasty, brutish, and short.
Which raises the question…
Predator or Prey? Eat or be Eaten?
Are we not beyond that? Are we not better than that?
Or is it a matter of definition?
We tend to conflate predator with malicious intent. Viciousness.
Power corrupts, right? Absolutely.
And we all know women are relentlessly socialized to be the bunny. To stay small and not draw attention, because… I don’t have to spell this out. While males are socialized to be the wolf. Go get it.
Eating others does not appeal to me. I’m not a confrontational person. If I had to kill my own meat, I’d probably be a vegetarian.
But neither does being eaten.
Does power always mean power over? Can we come into our own power, hold our own space, become our own ally?
What if we just reject this false binary?
Why is it an either/or? Would you rather be smart or beautiful? BOTH, thank you. We’re humans. We have both kinds of teeth. We’re not bound one way or the other. There is a spectrum. We can choose.
Instead of eat or be eaten, what about…
Instead of fear or savagery, what about
I prefer cooperative, confident, competent poise.
I believe that our dance does, too.
With its focus on agency, expression and improvisation? You bet it does.
And if it’s been stereotyped into sexy, cutesy, winsome bunnies?
Enough of that.
The other day, someone said,
Warriors protect the sacred.
I can get behind that.
In Spark*, we shifted to inner warrior. It sat much more gracefully.
I’m looking forward to stepping into my personal power, my inner warrior in the coming year.
Our dance, our creative expression, our power and beauty, our true selves, our collective joy–these are sacred to me.
I want to be ME: clear-eyed, real, true.
I don’t know what this will look like or how it will evolve.
I do know Somatic Experiencing® (SE) will be my friend in this, as that’s what’s gotten me to this point.
I’ve been waiting my whole life.
For my turn.
It’s my turn.
Maybe it’s yours, too?
Let’s do this.
This Saturday, 12/11/21, 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7PM GMT
I’ll be chatting with Roxxanne Shelaby, creator of the marvelous Fez Documentary!
Will you please join us?
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