Wednesday, June 15, 2011

wonder-filled wednesday

"If we judge people there is no room to love them."
Mother Theresa
Tid bits from the homefront:

Last night – again – Bee time. Gasoline and even fire did not deter these pests. I don’t like using anything that is bad for the environment – though I will not get attacked by those little buggers again. Garden work was slow and quiet this morning … tiptoeing around my yard.  I accept [and thoroughly enjoy] living in the woods will include sharing space with more bugs and creatures … but bees taking over the yard – a tad too much for me. Staying positive on this beautiful day.  

The red roses are blooming again. So Pretty.

A few years ago my daughter, Taylor, gave this book to me for Christmas. I read it on Christmas day and the following day purchased 30 of them to send to my friends. What an impact it made … it is all ‘stuff’ that we should know – life gets in the way and we often need reminders. The other day, in the moving frenzy, I found a copy and gave it to my new friend/neighbor, Cherie. Upon giving, I realized that I must read it again [now] … that it would ignite some of the smoldering fire within me that I have been adjusting and working with for the past year or so … It so did. I love Patricia Reilly.  A book, I believe, every woman should keep close. I ordered many copies from – perfect gift for women we love.

Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself by Patricia Lynn Reilly
The following [I believe] is the essence of it all – a poem which begins [and weaves through] the book. Patricia Reilly is amazing – I think she says it all.

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past,
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body’s rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who embraces her sexuality as her own.
A woman who delights in pleasuring herself.
Who experiences her erotic sensations without shame or guilt.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her precious life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who has access to the full range of human emotion.
A woman who expresses her feelings clearly and directly.
Who allows them to pass through her as gracefully as a breath.

Imagine a woman who tells the truth.
A woman who trusts her experience of the world and expresses it.
Who refuses to defer to the thoughts, perceptions, and responses of others.

Imagine a woman who follows her creative impulses.
A woman who produces original creations.
Who refuses to color inside someone else’s lines.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman who refuses to surrender to gods, gurus, and higher powers.
A woman who has descended into her own inner life.
Who asserts her will in harmony with its impulses and instincts.

Imagine a woman who is interested in her own life.
A woman who embraces her life as teacher, healer, and challenge.
Who is grateful for the ordinary moments of beauty and grace.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who trusts her inner sense of what is right for her.
Who refuses to twist her life out of shape to meet the expectations of others.

Imagine a woman who participates in her own life.
A woman who meets each challenge with creativity.
Who takes action on her own behalf with clarity and strength.

Imagine a woman who has crafted a fully formed solitude.
A woman who is available to herself.
Who chooses friends and lovers with the capacity to respect her solitude.

Imagine a woman who refuses to diminish her life so others will feel better.
A woman who brings the fullness of her years, experience, and wisdom into each relationship.
Who expects others to be challenged and blessed by her presence in their lives.

Imagine a woman who assumes equality in her relationships.
A woman who no longer believes she is inferior to men and in need of their salvation.
Who has taken her rightful place beside them in the human community.

Imagine a woman who refuses to use her precious life-energy
managing crisis and conflict.
A woman whose relationships deepen in satisfaction and contentment
without depleting her.
Who chooses friends and lovers with the necessary skills to navigate through the challenges of life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circle of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine a woman who has relinquished the desire for intellectual safety and approval.
A woman who makes a powerful statement with every word she speaks,
every action she takes.
Who asserts to herself the right to reorder the world.

Imagine a woman who has grown in knowledge and love of herself.
A woman who has vowed faithfulness to her own life and capacities.
Who remains loyal to herself. Regardless.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

We all go through periods in life where we struggle with who we are – where we are going – etc. etc. … I am so excited to have traveling this latest challenging journey. Just a few short months ago I do not think I could have said that ... even though I knew it. I used to think dark [challenges] times were partly about getting to the light at the end of the tunnel … no no no. It is about all of the moments on the way – even the ones that make us very uncomfortable in our own skin - as the light inside of us goes from flickering to burning brightly once again. So grateful I am.

I hope everyone has a beautiful day …
Until tomorrow xo
Be what you want the world to be

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