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Monday, June 23, 2008

imagine a woman in love with herself

(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.

regardless.

imagine yourself as this woman.

(or in love with this woman)

***by patricia reilly***

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