Lisa Lister: Remembering Your Wholeness
HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?
I start each day by kissing my husband (he's a hot Viking, it's NOT a chore.) I make a hot lemon + honey + I get grateful. I take in some big, beautiful, deep-down-in-my-womb breaths, I acknowledge my womb + thank her for being a fierce oracle. I write for 20 minutes - it clears my channel + I check in with my SHE ’scape. I take a look at where I am in my menstrual cycle, where the moon’s at and what phase it's in + what the stars + planets are doing, I then have insta-access to my own personal weather report. I can witness ‘ahhh, I’m day 25, pre-menstrual + the moon is in Pisces which means my mood may be likened to Kali Ma, the chance of tears + big emo is HIGH and it’s best, where possible, that I don’t ‘people’ today.’ These are all non-negotiable parts of my morning routine. After that, some days I chant Adi Shakti, some days I dive into a full SHE devotional of breath, chant + movement practice, some days I stay in bed til 11am reading books, some days I walk up Glastonbury Tor, some days I drink cacao in sacred ceremony, some days I dance to 80s pop. These are all negotiable depending on my SHE ‘scape that day, but ultimately however I choose to spend the time I wake until the time I start work, I ritualise the SHIT out of it. It’s through morning ritual that I fortify myself.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE OVERWHELMED OR STRESSED?
I take some deep breaths + I disconnect from technology, because, for the most part it’s technology or social media that sends me into overwhelm. I take a breath + when possible get bare foot on the earth. I use Root + Flower’s heart chakra oil on my pulse points - that stuff is pure magic and I make my own herbal tinctures + flower essences that I take daily to calm my nervous system. These all help me to come into a place of feeling + response + NOT reaction + disassociation which was definitely my default setting when dealing with stress + overwhelm throughout my 20s. What’s also REALLY helped, is to check in with my SHE ‘scape each morning. This intel + knowledge has proven invaluable in helping me to recognise all the parts that are at play in any given moment making it much less likely that I mind trip over the small stuff. (I mean, I still do, I’m human. But it’s much, much less now.)
WHAT GIVES YOU THE FEELING OF TRUE BLISS WITHIN?
Ceremony. Bringing ritual into every moment. Being of service to SHE + my community. Kissing my husband. The sea. Growing + cultivating my herb garden, making tinctures + feel-better potions from herbs + oils. Being bare foot. Dancing. Sitting around a fire with friends, singing + sharing stories.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I always have at least three books on the go at the same time, right now I’m reading Sybil Leek (she was a badass witch who lived a few miles from where I used to live + I LOVE her, all her books are amazing, but I found this for a penny in a book shop last week + I was beside myself.) Florence Welch Useless magic - I LOVE any opportunity to get an insight into an artist’s creative process and Mysterious Britain which I picked up because I want to create an epic sacred site road trip for the Viking and I around the UK.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
I’ve recently re-discovered the Goddess Alchemy Project, they’re like a spiritual Salt n Pepa. They only made one album but shit, that album? It's SO good. I’m also listening to a book called Motherhood on audible (FYI: that’s been triggering all my ‘you’re not a mother’ stuff) and I’ve just started listening to a podcast called Den talks. The one I listened to earlier today made me cry, it was with LaRayia Gaston, creatrix of 'lunch on me’ making meals for the homeless in LA, that woman is an inspiration.
WHAT DOES NOURISHMENT LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
I spent a lot of my teens + twenties seeking nourishment in all the wrong places, empty calories + not-good-for-me men which is why nourishment is my most favourite exploration. I recognised that when my emotional needs are witnessed, acknowledged + met, that’s when I feel full + nourished. So a big part of my personal self-work has been asking the question: what it is that actually makes me feel this way? It happens when I’m creating - putting words on paper, drawing + painting. It happens when I’m with people who inspire, energise + lift me up. It happens when I feel safe. It happens when I’m tending to my herbs. It happens when I listen to, trust + follow the wisdom of my womb.
HOW DO YOU MAKE SPACE FOR PLAY?
I have a tendency to go super-deep + get REALLY serious about just about…well, EVERYTHING - Scorpio sun + Capricorn moon - so play is essential to making sure I let the light in + create space for ideas to form + grow. Nature is my favorite play place whether it’s in the forest or by the sea, I like people but only for about 6 days in total of my cycle in total, so I utilize that by playing with people I love + meeting new ones that I will potentially fall in love with, but for the most part, I play solo (I’m an only child, it’s when my imagination is at it’s wildest) painting, drawing, coloring in, singing + dancing and I think the trick is to recognize that play doesn’t have to have an end goal, in fact there doesn’t have to be any outcome at all, and it’s that place that we create a delicious space for possibility. (This is DEFINITELY something I’ve had to learn as the perfectionist in me has often thought it a waste of time to just create for the sake of it. I KNOW. How sad would that be if we only created with a purpose?!!)
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE MANTRAS YOU CLING TO?
My most treasured mantra is from my nana who would always say, whether a situation or scenarios was good or bad, ‘this too shall pass’. It’s so good in stopping me forming any lasting attachment to well…anything. Bad book reviews, people, gorgeous comments on insta, food…It doesn’t stop me from feeling joy or sadness or anger or pleasure, it’s just a beautiful reminder that everything is cyclic and doesn’t remain static, so don’t get too comfy as this too shall pass.
PLEASE SHARE SOME WORDS OF WISDOM YOU’VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS.
My biggest truth is that my power lies between my thighs. That, despite what I've been led to believe, I don’t need an intermediary between me + source because if I connect with the power that’s held in my womb space, if I connect with the cycles of mama nature, la luna and the cosmos, I remember that I AM source. A sorceress. And it's from that place I can create + birth + nourish + manifest - life, ideas, potential, art, entire bloody universes.
Now THAT is SHE POWER.
Lisa Lister is a published author who invites women to remember, reconnect with, reclaim and revere the fiercely feminine power that lies between their thighs. She helps women to learn super-practical ways to understand their hormones, fertility and how to care for ‘down there’’ and how to celebrate and honour their goddess-given nature through ritual, movement, rites and sacred ceremony. Everything she shares is a personal invitation for women to re-member that they are already whole. Follow Lisa on Instagram or visit her website here.