Sunday, May 6, 2012

La Chingona

I stumbled on this great print on Etsy by aymujer. I was curious. I did not know what it meant but I loved the poem in the description. So I looked it up. According to San Antonia author Sandra Cisneros “Chingona" means a woman who has finally come full speed, screeching towards point in which she discovers her own power. It is a feeling of self-assertion, self-recognition, and peace and compassion for others as well as oneself. She says: Our only true possessions are our actions. Transform darkness into light. Be of service to mankind and to yourself. Live for your own approval. Center yourself. Be alone. Create your own space. Discover your own powers. What floods you with joy? Find true humility and practice it. Keep your palabra, your word. Live in the present moment. Depression has a purpose if you use it before it uses you. Listen to your body. In the last few weeks I I have made a new friend. She is a Spanish professor. We spent last night hanging out and when I found this today I thought of her. I think she is La Chingona. Starting today I will be La Chingona. I think many women could stand to allow themselves to be La Chingona