Mothers are the hardest workers, the best friends and the greatest comfort. Honestly, I could never do justice by trying to describe their worth in words.
There are some whose mothers cannot be reached on Mother's Day though, for various reasons, so I decided I’d rather honor Motherhood by relating to the archetype through the patterns I see in nature - Something I feel like we can all relate to on such a special day.
Metaphorically (peppered with some literal meaning), a mother is the ground beneath our feet. From her soil we grow roots so that we can develop ourselves into who we were created to be. She teaches us that the seeds we sow will grow and we learn this by her example.
Motherhood is about nurturing, birthing and passing on the wisdom of compassion, forgiveness, grace, kindness and love. While the Father watches over us providing structure and safety, eliciting values, teaching us how to make good choices and draw healthy boundaries, the Mother meets us when we are in the depth of our pain and assures us that we are loved, cared for and have everything we need to get where we are trying to go.
I heard a pastor say once that he believed God hides Himself behind nature so that we can experience Him in a more personal, tactile way. It always stuck with me. I’ve also heard many potters relate to this by being constantly humbled by the clay they work with; sometimes feeling like it was the clay that was forming them into a better human being.
It’s entirely possible that I unnecessarily read metaphors into things, but I like to think that I’m noticing patterns in the way things move and relate to one another. Regardless, I can’t help but be reminded of the essence of a mother when I look out in nature. Whether it’s observing plants popping up in the spring, seeing a fish leaping out of a creek or walking through a garden full of flowers; if I pay close enough attention I can witness motherhood everywhere!
So whether you can be with your mother during the holiday coming up or not, I hope you can find the inspiration to stop for a moment and experience, sit with and celebrate the archetype of the mother that is around us every single day.
Please leave a comment below to share what motherhood means to you!
<3 Kayla Marie
Retail Store Manager
Mountain Arts Pottery