My Week as a Greek Goddess
As a natural born feminist and founder of The Sacred Beauty Movement, I believe that every woman is a goddess. What that means to me is that we inherently possess the strength, intellect, spiritual wisdom and beauty of a divine being, to be revered, loved and honored. By definition, a goddess is a female god or deity-- a woman of extraordinary beauty and charm. Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, in “Goddesses in Everywoman” writes, “The Great Goddess was worshipped as the feminine life force, deeply connected to nature and fertility, responsible for both creating life and destroying life”.
Goddesses can be found in many cultures throughout the world, including regions as diverse as Africa, India, China, Italy and Greece. Our trip to Greece was a chance to visit the birthplace of Aphrodite, Athena and Artemis, some of the Greek goddesses whose ancient mythology has inspired people for thousands of years. Dr. Bolen’s book accompanied me on my journey-- I highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring how the Greek goddesses archetypes can guide our lives as women.
Now, onto my travels through the mythical, sacred land of Greece! I was incredibly grateful to visit this country with my partner, who was invited to speak at a wellness conference outside of Thessaloniki, the 2nd largest city located in Northern Greece. We took a week to soak in Greek culture in Athens, Santorini and Crete before the conference. There is so much to share about each place, but I will focus on the highlights for this post. See much more on my Instagram stories (must view in app) , which will be up for just a bit longer on my profile!
A bird's eye view of Athens
We flew from NYC to Athens, which notably is named after Athena, the warrior Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts. Upon arrival we settled in at an adorable boutique hotel, overlooking the bustling cobblestone streets of Plaka, a historical neighborhood. That first night, we had dinner at a rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the Acropolis, which is lit up at night. The next morning, we walked up winding streets to the Acropolis. These are the very places where many of our Western philosophies and ideas began. Alongside the grand Parthenon, is small and graceful temple to Athena Nike, meaning victory in Greek, reflecting her position as a warrior goddess.
Temple of Athena Nike