Spiritual Matrescence

Welcome to The Lotus Pond - a personal blog documenting the mindful moments of Jessica, a modern-day spiritual mama of two boys, corgi, and three pet turtles based in Taipei, Taiwan.  The motherhood journey has been Jessica’s own journey of personal and spiritual growth. In becoming a mama and learning to mother, she rediscovered her soul, and re-emerged as the writer, teacher, and healer that she is. Join Jessica as she continues her inner expansion while sharing authentic heart stories (sprinkled with science/research) in all things Spirituality & Motherhood!

"No Mud, No Lotus"

Thich Nhat Hanh

The LOTUS has been a strong archetypal symbol throughout my growth as a woman and mother. I believe we are all lotuses, purposefully floating together in this pond called life. The muddy water, although dark and scary, is a necessary containment to build and deepen our inner strength. By loving and being our most authentic self, we hold the power to rise through the mud and bloom towards the sunlight - becoming who we are always meant to be.

Image by Annie Spratt

MATRESCENCE (n.) /mæˈtres.ənts/)

The process of becoming a mother, coined by Dana Raphael, Ph.D. (1973), is a developmental passage where a woman transitions through pre-conception, pregnancy and birth, surrogacy or adoption, to the postnatal period and beyond. The exact length of matrescence is individual, recurs with each child, and may arguably last a lifetime! The scope of the changes encompass multiple domains --bio-psycho-social-political-spiritual-- and can be likened to the developmental push of adolescence."

- Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.