Feminine energy is one term used to explain the unique qualities and ways of behaving that come naturally to women. Another term is the “feminine genius,” which is often broken down into four specific qualities: sensitivity, generosity, receptivity, and maternity. I like to add creativity to that list.
Let’s briefly discuss what each of these qualities means for femininity. Sensitivity means the ability to notice or intuit other people's needs and feelings. It’s how we know when our friend needs a hug, or when something is “off” with our child, or when our husband needs some space. Generosity is our ability to respond to those feelings and meet those needs – so it’s the action of giving your friend a hug or asking your child what’s going on. Receptivity means the humble but strong attitude of being open to receiving; receiving everything from help carrying the groceries to compliments to your husband’s body. Maternity is grounded in the female body’s natural ability to bear a child, but maternity can be expressed in other ways, like nurturing, caretaking, and babysitting. And lastly, to me, feminine creativity is expressed in ways that beautify and enrich life, whether that’s through wearing beautiful clothes, cooking delicious meals, or decorating your home.
We can tap into our feminine genius all day long. Here are some ideas on how:
Sit on your porch or balcony in the morning or evening to enjoy the quiet, fresh air, and sunshine.
Notice the beauty of nature, music, and art throughout the day.
Call a friend or family member to chat.
Be attentive and present to the people around you; resist the urge to be on your phone all the time.
Help those in your circle today: children, husband, coworkers, neighbors, and strangers.
Take the time and the energy to respond to the needs of others.
Volunteer your time, talent, or treasure.
Ask for help when you need it, and be gracious and grateful when help is offered to you. Don’t micromanage!
Receive compliments graciously.
Don’t brush off your husband’s input; take the time to consider it and engage with him.
Be open to physical affection.
Attend to your children’s needs, if you’re a mother.
Take care of your pets.
Water your plants.
Babysit for a friend.
Donate to a charity that supports children or the elderly.
Take a meal to a sick friend or family member.
Advise a friend in need.
Cook your meals from scratch, and allow yourself to go “off recipe.”
Bake something seasonal.
Do your hair and makeup.
Wear a pretty outfit.
Decorate your home.
Get crafty! Here are some feminine hobbies for inspo.
As you go through your day, notice all the ways you’re tapping into your feminine genius. You might be surprised at how many times you do!
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