21st Century Women's Spirituality: A New Awareness
Myosho Virginia (Ginny) Matthews, Zen Ordained Lay Nun
Original date: Thursday, April 3, 2008

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Women at the present time stand at a unique position, the result of the work of women connecting with the ancient matrilineal past and following the thread of feminine consciousness through the ensuing civilizations, cultures, and religious traditions. We now have the great opportunity of honoring and respecting the feminine within our own bodies, minds and hearts and manifesting that in the world today. The degradation and disrespect for feminine consciousness that has existed for so long in the world's traditions must end so that true equality can emerge. This talk prefigures a workshop on April 13 that will explore ways of honoring the feminine, practices that reconnect us with our intuitive wisdom, and the work to continue healing.

Myosho Virginia (Ginny) Matthews, an ordained lay nun in the Rinzai Zen lineage of Sasaki Roshi finds her life's support in the three pillars of family, spiritual practice, and her work as a dancer/choreographer and teacher. For the past few years, she has lead Zen retreats for women and mothers/children retreats. She offers Zen meditation at her studio, Downtown Dance/Art Space and a non-sectarian meditation evening for women at Yumtha: Center for Conscious Living and Dying. She is featured in The Unknown She: Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness.

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