My beautiful friend, Akasa Wolfsong, posted this on her Blog yesterday. This woman is an inspiration to me and, I'm quite certain, to many others. Her Blog is stunning. So is she. After reading the poem I had to go visit the site from whence it came. And then, I had to join up with this glorious community of women who make time to inspire other women to BE WHO THEY ARE. I know you will enjoy the poem. Then, if you are so compelled, you may also wish to visit the site (you'll find it at the end of the poem) and have your own daily inspirations to carry with you throughout your days. It is my great wish to share the love and energy and power we all hold...to carry our world through this Great Journey we are ALL now walking.
Wo’okeyeh. (that is the word for 'peace' in the Sioux language)
Imagine A Woman ~
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a 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 trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past's influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.
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 in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
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 life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman.
“Imagine a Woman” © Patricia Lynn Reilly, 1995
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