(originally posted may 18, 2008)
imagine a woman in love with herself
imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is woman.
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 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 pleasing heself.
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 own 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 surrendeder 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 circles 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 her 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.
imagine yourself as this woman.
(or in love with this woman)
***by patricia reilly***