Love in Action- Happy Madre’s Day!

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 2 comments

Love in Action SBB blogI am thrilled to be the guest blogger at courtesy
of the divine Suzi Banks Baum, Madre Extraordinaire – here is part of my post….

When I was in my mid-thirties Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype arrived at a pivotal moment in my life – this book and subsequent writings by this wise and talented Jungian Analyst have nurtured my creative soul for many years. Recently, while sitting in a circle of talented women, the topic and associated societal norms of motherhood came up.  There were women in the group who were not “mothers” in the traditional sense and an undercurrent of mildly irritated commentary was swirling around me. Sensing the change in energy,  I spoke into the circle … “there are many ways to be a mother –  Clarissa Pinkola Estés speaks about how as women, we are all mothers. There are women who as soon as you meet them, something about their presence draws you in, and you intuitively name them… “Madre”.  As women we can be mothers to each other, to animals, to the earth.”

I embrace an expanded view of the roles associated with the title of mother. I am blessed to be a “mother” in the traditional sense to a wonderful son and I also have the gift of being a “Madre” to a beautiful young woman.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, illuminates,  “There are women, who, as soon as you see them, something in you leaps and you say “mama”. You take one look and think, “I am her progeny, I am her child, she is my mother…” These wild mothers guide you, burst with pride over your accomplishments… their purpose is to help you, to care for your art, and to reattach you to the wildish instincts, and to elicit your original best.”

Is there a Madre in your life?



  1. Great topic! It led me to thinking how not even the greatest ‘mother’ can be all things to her children, and, how a number of wise and kind women have found their way into my circle of friends who have, at times, acted as Madre. I trust that I too have the privilege of serving in that role for others…

    • Darlene,thank you for your insightful comment and I am quite sure that you have served in the Madre role many times!

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