In honor of International Women’s Day, I bring to you one of the most influential and outspoken women against gender stereotypes, Chavela Vargas. Born in Costa Rica, but leaving in her teens to pursue a musical career in Mexico, Chavela sang rancheras in the streets and cantinas in order to make music to survive. She needed nothing but the sound of a guitar and her voice to tell the stories of heartache and heavy drinking.
Chavela added hurt to her songs with the experiences she had gone through in her teens as a homosexual person who often dressed the way a man normally would. She adopted Mexico as her homeland even though Costa Rica was her birthplace. She fell in love with the culture, the people, and the land itself upon arriving.
Vargas was a supporter of Emiliano Zapata and the Zapatistas in search for a better future for Mexico and spoke highly against the Narcos. She believed in the power of an educational revolution and called for educational reform.
On her deathbed in August of 2012, Chavela Vargas left our material world with her final words being “Me voy con Mexico en mi corazon.”
I leave with Mexico in my heart.
After 24 amazing crazy years together, my handsome man and I are renewing our wedding vows in November at the big 25th! Lots of planning to do!
"An Awakening Woman is a spiritual rebellion engaged in a glowing and embodied, nothing-held-back love affair with the great mystery.
She moves in the world with fierce compassion, grace and freedom, and is passionate about truth, rest & real love.
She is fluent in angelic, diva and in Kali roars.
Earth is home and so is infinity.”
~ Chameli Ardagh
Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
I believe this comes with age………..our decision to either feel the sting or euphoria immediately. In life, so much is wasted with time, whether we admit it or not. We waste such valuable time with bullshit. Speak the truth. Say what you feel. Don’t sugarcoat anything. Why is it that when we see a deal too good to pass up on materialistic things, we GRAB it. But with people, we sit and ponder on what to say or do?
Just something to think about. But not for too long, for the clock is ticking, and the chance may not be there when you decide it’s important enough to say or in most cases……….to be truthful.
stained glass wings
alight butterfly bushes—
adonis in flames
Gentle rain calms my stormy heart.
— Six word story #46/350
If other professions got paid as artists all themselves to be…
Ha! This is fantastic!
I needed this… I so needed this. Thank you to Illuminating Souls and whoever else shared it. <3
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
I absolutely love being a woman. I consider us to be the anchor that keeps this world from spinning off its axes, the rock upon which all is strong in this world, the heartbeat of its inhabitants, the soul of its goodness and the mother of all creation.
Happy International Women’s Day (via kharper61)
Happy woman’s day
Much love to all my sister Goddesses!