Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister: Review

Early on in the summer of 2016, I was fortune enough to win a giveaway hosted by the Health bloggers community and I got sent this very interesting (to say the least) book that I would really like to share my thoughts on.

The book aims to empower and enlighten women so they can have a more positive relationship not only with their bodies but also get in touch with the power and the creativity that our lady parts hold. We as women can often neglect that by us being women, we have very unique and beautiful powers about us and Lisa Lister attempts to lift the fog so that we can unleash our potential.

Lisa refers to the womb as SHE throughout the book, so that the reader can distance themselves from the idea that their womb or lady parts is just another organ or part of their body. Instead SHE represents power, feminine strength and loving your womb as the source and the essence of who you truly are as a woman.

The book also refers to a womans creativity and instinct and how we can sometimes lean into thinking we must act like a man in order to be successful in the workplace and that we do not spend enough time simply listening to our womb and finding out what it really needs. Throughout the book she provides small practical ways in order to get in touch with our powerful SHE power such as womb breathes and yoga poses. Lisa invites us to release any shame, guilt, pain that we may have covered up in our bodies so that we can live our most authentic, loving selves. By opening up our selves, getting in touch with our bodies, we can start living freely, rejecting what society may think of us, finding our voice, exploring our pleasure zones and being 100% ourselves.

Lisa doesn’t stop there, by having a look on her Sassy SHE website, there is a whole community of women that she has built in order for us all to become our most powerful selves. Women are invited to tell their stories, download menstruation charts and learn recipes.

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My thoughts…

Now, when I first received this book, I just assumed that this book would teach me how to walk into a room and immediately captivate everyone with my irresistible womanly charm but it truly aims to build you up from the inside out. Lisa starts off the book telling her own story of very very heavy bleeding, a crappy boyfriend and not taking care of herself in the ruthless corporate world which is not an uncommon story in any part of the world but as she continues on her journey and teaching us about the practices she herself used to unlease her SHE power, it feels as though there is a hint of aloofness. At some points there were talks of witches and drawing your vagina in order to get to learn about it better and while I definitely believe we should all be paying much more attention to out lady parts which involves knowing what is what, that was one exercise I did not do.

I am a strong believer in women getting to learn about their own bodies and I believe we are capable of a lot more than we think we are.

Lisa shows that we are absolutely capable of healing ourselves from abnormalities, simply by sitting down and listening to our bodies and what it is telling us. A lot of shitty things happen to women on day to day basiss such as demeaning, ruthless behaviour in the workplace, sexual assualt, being the carriers of shit (like a famous female sociologist once said) in the home, and we can hold all of this within our bodies. Maybe out of fear, maybe because we believe that we aren’t allowed to be vulnerable because we are women. Either way, this book confronts it all simply by allowing ourselves, as women, to be honest and to love ourselves flaws and all.

From a personal standpoint, I have previously never placed much importance in making sure that my own SHE Power was working at top capacity; after all throughout school and life in general, there is a one size fits all system to do things. Through sitting down and reading this book, I now make a conscious effort to check in internally and see if I am where I should be. Even if you cannot be bothered to do the yoga poses and practices mentioned in this book, learning about your menstruation cycle and your sensuality as a woman will go a long way in years to come.

One small criticism I have is that at some points in the book, I felt as though it was discouraging the readers of going into anything high pressure or being slightly adventurous. Of course from Lisas standpoint, her stressful high powered job contributed to her being unwell, but for other women, they might have thrived in such circumstances. Just because you are a woman, does not mean that you are not able to sweat a little or get a little dirty – As long as you’re taking care and being true to yourself as a woman, why does it matter.

However, overall this book was a great read and I really recommend it to anyone regardless, just to learn a little bit more about your lady parts and how you can tap into your SHE power.

 

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4 thoughts on “Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister: Review

  1. Great review. As I said on IG I’m a huge fan of Lisa. When I first came across her, to say I felt uncomfortable with what she was talking about is a huge understatement. Not only does society discourage us from talking about issues that concern women – such as blue “blood” in sanitary adverts, but it attempts to silence and shame us if we get to real or open about what it really means to be a woman. We are bombarded with negative and discouraging messages as women, and we’re constantly being told how we need to be to be “successful”. These mainstream messages hardly ever link that to connecting to the parts of us that make us unique as women. So I don’t think Lisa is necessarily saying don’t take risks, I think she’s trying to emphasise the importance of tapping into your SHE power and making your decisions from there, rather than from society’s patriarchal perspective. Every woman in the world has a period, yet it’s still so taboo to talk about it. Now, I’m not saying I want to sit down over dinner and discuss my monthly bleed, however, many women are suffering in silence because they don’t feel they can talk about it. What following Lisa has helped me to do is look at when I get uncomfortable about subjects specifically related to women and ask myself where that comes from. As you mentioned, another key thing I’ve taken away from Lisa’s work is the importance of knowing about my own personal menstrual health. How is it many women know more about the lives of celebrities than they do about their own biological make up? Defo recommend her other two books. There is a lot of overlap, but they really do make you question a lot of what we’ve been taught – or deliberately not been taught, if you keep an open mind. 🙂

    1. I love that you are so passionate and in tune with Lisa’s work! I completely understand your point about taking risks and not seeking to be successful from a patriarchal perspective but I still kind of disagree with it, more so because while definitely for some women, societies idea of successful doesn’t suit them, for other women they thrive in that situation – it is more so that the system of patriarchy needs to change to being more accepting and open rather than women themselves but that’s easier said than done to be fair. Other than that, I am completely with you and I will definitely check out Lisa’s other work!

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