©1995, Patricia Lynn Reilly, M.Div.|
from Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself (Conari, 1999)
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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 believes she is good,
A woman who trusts and respects herself,
who listens to her needs and desires,
and meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who has acknowledged
the past 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 to her wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods,
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness,
Who designs her own spirituality
and allows it to inform her day and life.
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 and its rhythms
and cycles as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a woman who honors the face
of the Goddess in her changing face,
A woman who celebrates the accumulation
of her years and her wisdom,
Who refuses to use precious 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...................
This beautiful ode to womanhood was shared with us
by Earth Wisdom