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Introducing myself and my journal: Opening to the sky

About Me:
Hello there, my name is Jen and I have been passionate about women's rights for a long time. I am so glad to see this site, and so grateful that technology and vision have combined to create this opportunity to connect and collaborate. I have traveled around the world, including Nigeria, England, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In my travels, I have seen a wide range of women's rights stages of development. There are so many ways we can reach out and contribute to one another. I look forward to exploring those connections and seeing what beauty and powerful actions result.

You can check out my blog at willowwire.blogspot.com, or email me at jen.warren8@gmail.com.

Kindest regards,

Jen Warren
San Rafael, CA USA

My Passions:
Meditation, qi gong, transformation, deep cultural healing

My Challenges:
Learning to trust and believe in myself

My Vision for the Future:
Joining with like-minded others to express clearly and cogently life affirming stories and ideas that inspire and uplift others

My Areas of Expertise:
Business development, marketing, web content development, qi gong, writing

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

jadefrank's picture

Welcome!

Hi Jen,

Welcome to PulseWire! We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

Isn't it incredible that we can meet people of such different cultures, backgrounds and locations here in this community and find such common ground? I hope that you can share with us some more about your experiences in the various countries you've visited and what's happening with women's rights in those regions. I'd also love to hear about your experience practicing Qigong!

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

I see you're in San Rafael... were you at Bioneers this weekend?!

Warm regards,
Jade

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

jenwarren's picture

hey there

Hi Jade, thanks for the warm welcome. I just got back from meditation retreat and a wedding, so I'm only now catching up with things post whirlwind. Yes, I was at Bioneers! I heard Jensine speak, and was immediately captivated. I think this is a wonderful idea whose time has come, and I wish you nothing but the best.

My experiences with Qi Gong have been many and profound. Like anything that becomes so central in your life, it is hard to remember life without it. Qi Gong literally means "mastery of Chi", i.e., energy flow. The energy flows that are studied begin with the body and you discover that the flows are quite literally cosmic. They do not begin and end with your physical being, they extend far beyond what you would initially imagine. As you practice, taking seemingly mundane postures, an entire world opens up, one of purification and clarity, depth and healing. It defies description, but I am doing my best to begin to articulate it. :-)

As far as travels go, there are so many wonderful moments. One of the highlights was spending 6 weeks in Colombia, 4 of which my traveling companion and I were the only white people we saw, 5 of which we were the only Americans we saw. It was a wonderfully eye opening experience to be so other, and so far from home. At that time, Colombia was ranked up there with Iran, Irag, and Libya as rogue nations of sorts. It went against all the propaganda to cross the border. We were treated kindly, and did see our fair share of danger--stopped by random militants and forced off a bus to be searched being high on the list--but i would do it all over again. Cartagena was a dream, so beautiful with the old city fort. Have you had the opportunity to travel in Latin America?

Cheers,
Jen

jadefrank's picture

Hi Jen, Great to hear back

Hi Jen,

Great to hear back from you! Thank you for explaining the art of Qi Gong to me. It sounds fascinating and I am going to look further into it. I am slowly awakening to my own spiritual connections with my body and with the earth, so I am always open to exploring. It sounds similar to Tai Chi?

Your description of Colombia, especially Cartagena, is infectious. I want to go! When were you there? I spent a year living near Quito, Ecuador some 10 years ago. You mentioned that at the time of your travels, Colombia was considered a rogue nation. I clearly remember my friends and host family in Ecuador warning me not to visit Colombia for this same reason. But the more I hear about the country, and more people I meet from there, the more I wish I had gone. So yes, I have spent some time in Latin America. I adore the Latin American culture and have spent many months traveling and working in both South and Central America.

Perhaps you would be interested in joining the Colombian group on PulseWire:
Tertulia colombiana - http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/14504

I hope that you will continue to share your ideas, experiences and passions with our community through your journal!

Cheers,
Jade

Barbrah's picture

welcome Jen

Thanks Jen for this experience,but i remind you that its our task to fight with our voices to make this world a better place for women,In Africa most cultures dont listen to women and men see us as their property,but now our voices should be heard by thousands on this network,
Welcome to world pulse,with such travelling am sure u've heard more about African women like your visit in Nigeria.
all the best
Barbrah

jenwarren's picture

thanks barbrah

I agree with you that it is our task to unite our voices. It is difficult to describe the paradox of meeting the African cultural perspective of woman as property from my place as a western woman. We got the right in the US in 1920. There are still many struggles of inequity in terms of pay and opportunity, but truly, I had only read in history books the perspective I was immersed in in West Africa. It was subtle and not so subtle, in the air and in the press. It was a visceral education, one that made it clear for me that it may take another generation or two, but that structure must transform, for all our sakes. It is ignorance of the deepest kind, and it breeds further ignorance, injustice, pain, and suffering.

Before I went to Nigeria, I thought of myself as a person, a human, identified with the world more than a race, color, class, or creed. When I returned, I had radically changed on that point. I had a gender--female; a race--white; a nationality--American; and a region--Northern California. I became clear my point of view and perspective had been formed in a particular place and a particular time. This was important, for many reasons. But specifically for our purposes here, it helped me to realize what I am and what I am not. It gave me a deep understanding for the complexities of connecting across cultural divides. And it also gave me hope that the raising of women's voices will be local and global. We will recognize our unity in our common hopes and dreams, and we will recognize our specific needs due to our locations.

Thank you for your welcome, and I look forward to continuing the conversation.

kind regards,
Jen

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