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On this day last year I attended a woman’s circle and was given this piece of paper.  Each one of us took turns reading the paragraphs out loud.  It is something that has really resonated with me.  I keep a copy on my desk.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and please share it with other, women and men alike.


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 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.

Written by Patricia Lynn Reilly




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