new bornToday on Facebook, Jungian psychologist and story-teller Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote “In some way, regardless of gender, locale, age, marital status, everyone is a mother.”  It felt like she was echoing the thoughts that had been rolling around in my mind.

When I chose, in my child-bearing years, not to have a child, I had an internal sense that I wanted to channel my mothering instincts into something else. I knew even then that I was birthing something different…a paradigm shift, a movement, the system of healing and living that has become The Way of Joy.

P1010042Today, as I celebrate my beautiful and courageous mama, I want to also celebrate all of us who see ourselves as “mothers” of what we create for future generations.

What are you mothering these days?

Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Book: The Way of JoyCD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.