Name: Martha Eden
Occupation: Chinese herbalist, women's health educator
Tell us about yourself!: I'm a self employed 100% single parent. I spend my days being a mom geeking out on the body and the ancient forests I'm so lucky to live in. I belly dance and adorn myself in antiquities.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: The definition of a wold woman to me begins in the spirit mind. The part of us that can see beyond over culture and into the depths of our selves. The wild woman embraces what is innate to being.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. For a big part of my life I felt like nothing was real and that felt very oppressive to me.
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?:My biggest insecurities were around being seen and heard. I learned from society that my thoughts were extreme, people kind of shut down when I showed interest in plants, or consciousness, or really questioned how we relate. You know all those wild type questions. As a result I sort of learned to shut myself down but, I never really got good at being part of the mainstream so I just floated through just generally insecure. Like, so many people I just wanted to keep my head down and get through.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: My life is a lot freer. I feel all around supported from a deep ancestral place inside me to my community. I feel like I'm truly walking my path and it just sort of unfolds in front of me as I go.
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?: I love being able to see people in their entirety and being able to hold space for people as they are. I feel rely connected to my power in those moments when I have the honor of seeing someone as their complete self. I love the way I connect with my community. Having a strong circle that I'm a part of frees me to move in new directions. I love feeling comfortable and free in my body and sensuality seriously that might be number one it boggles my mind that we are taught to suppress our bodies. i love that I think about relating in broad terms and when I really sit with that idea of how am I relating in this situation the while world can turn and the situation can completely change based on a conscious choice in how I relate. I love that every moment feels sacred and right even when it's not what I want or I'm feeling down about things they just feel like a part of the sanctity of life.
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: I traveled around the country going to music a lot when I was younger. I learned so much in those years. Seeing different ways people related to their environment and to their community. What people created in their lives and how they did it. I was part of a pretty tight community of traveling kids. I wouldn't say I had a big a ha moment or experience it was just a slow shift. I came out of that time ready to show up in a new way.
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: It's gotta be movement. Movement in all its forms but, dance more than everything. Having a dance practice has gotten me through, it's showed me how to express myself connected with my body from the most mundane muscularity to embracing my full sensuality. Dance has connected me to music on a whole other level. Through it I've found an amazing community of women.
When do you feel the wildest?: Out side at night. Doesn't matter whats happening, my soul just wakes up.
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled?: I just love the idea behind it. We all need inspiration.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: Just listen to yourself all the answers are inside you. If you not sure or are afraid of taking steps to change your life just stop and listen to what's inside you.