I love this poem, anthem, song, proclamation....
It serves me on so many's a reminder of who I want to be, 
and who I sometimes am....
There are days I feel overwhelmed, or feel my needs aren't being met, or I spot a new wrinkle, note that my figure isn't what I would like it to be, or I feel like I'm not all I could, should, would be, if only I would get it right.....
Days I wonder if anyone really sees ME...hears ME...
or if  anyone is even looking or listening.
yes, I do know I'm blessed and loved...but....

So I read this and helps me see myself...recognize that I am a complex woman...a proud woman, powerful, a survivor, with some wisdom...
a woman with passion and desire, a creator, a spiritual being, a traveler exploring, 
One with the Universe
a mysterious celebration..a dancer.
good enough!
and you are too!
, ....and I thought maybe you would like to read it again too..xoxo

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
The poem is copyrighted and may not be used without permission.


AkasaWolfSong said...

Ahhhh...such a HeartSong! I so love this writing as it touches each woman in so many different ways no matter how far along the path you've come to finding the Higher Self. It strikes a chord of resonance within the Sisterhood. are You are You!

julie said...

Akasa...thank you for your beautiful response...made me cry...xoxoo

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