Annapurna Woman Meggan Watterson
How do you start your day?
Yerba Mate is a green tea known as "the nectar of the gods" in Paraguay. I start my day by brewing Yerba Mate in a French Press, then I go into my son's room, jump on his bed, and cover him with kisses. We affectionately refer to this as "the kiss alarm." And after getting him dressed, and seated before the breakfast he rarely has an interest in eating, I sit down across from him and slowly sip the nectar of the gods as I try to imagine what magic might meet up with us that day.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
I teach the soul-voice meditation because I wouldn't function without it. I am hardwired to feel it all, to get hit with a tsunami-like-wave of anxiety and get swept out from the day, or moment, my heart had wanted to experience. So, the soul-voice meditation is a simple practice to return me to solid ground. It lets this heavy, anvil-type anchor drop down into my heart and root me there.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Love. Not the idea of it but the actual sensation of love in the body. That's true bliss to me. It's like realizing we aren't these separate contained entities. We aren't limited, and disconnected. We're all actually walking around with supernovas inside us, with galaxies, and worlds still-as-yet-unknown to us. Love is the sensation of knowing what only ever expands. And that form of abundance to me is bliss.
What are you currently reading?
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by the brilliant Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault. I'm writing a book about Mary Magdalene and so I've read many books about her by this point but none of them have left me as transformed as this one did. I mean I cursed out loud at several points the revelations are that profound.
What are you listening to right now?
My 9-year old son is obsessed with 80's music so I'm enduring a lot of "Take On Me," by A-ha right now. Personally, I can't get enough of Florence + the Machine, Cat Power, and Meg Mac.
What does nourishment look like to you?
A massage!!! I've been single, an indie mom as I prefer to call it, for WAY TOO LONG. My body literally gets fed from touch. I'd take a massage over french fries any day. Touch feeds me so much more than food. Although, now that I've mentioned french fries, my dream meal, if nutrition didn't exist, would be french fries, mayo, an Argentinian Malbec, and some crazy dark chocolate sitting outside somewhere warm under a big tree with those twinkly lights at a large wooden table filled with people I love to be with–talking and laughing– and dipping our fries in the mayo together.
How do you make space for play?
I just have to remember that playfulness is a superpower that I can invoke in any circumstance. Even at the DVM or while waiting in traffic. It's not so much space I carve out of the day but rather a switch I can remember to flip at any point during it.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
I choose to become only more love. I am the author of my own story. I am married to my own soul.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned over the years.
There will never be a voice outside of you that is wiser than your soul-voice or holds more authority over what is best for you. You need guidance and support not to follow someone else’s truth but to remain loyal to your own.
About Meggan Watterson
MEGGAN WATTERSON is the author of REVEAL, How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People), The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, and THE DIVINE FEMININE ORACLE. She is a feminist theologian with a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Meggan founded the REDLADIES–a community of radical love–that lets her preach about female saints, mystics, gurus, and poets who set her heart on fire. She leads retreats and workshops on the divine feminine and the Soul-Voice meditation. She has presented at TEDxWomen, Kripalu, Menla, Wanderlust, MNDFL, and Hay House I Can Do It Conferences in the US & UK. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She lives with her young son and his goldfish, Bob. Website: www.megganwatterson.com Instagram: @megganwattersonimaginary goose, Goldie.
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