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How to be a Woman

I posted this on my blog www.sophialeadership.com and thought that people here might like it too. This is for all of you who have to courage to work for positive change.

HOW TO BE A WOMAN (by Heather Plett)

There may come a time, my friend,

when you have lived too many lives that are not your own,

followed too many rules that broke your spirit,

and mastered the art of imitation.


This will be a time when you’ve forgotten your own shape

and you find that you no longer remember just how to be a woman.

Believe this: you can remember again,

you can fit back into the shape that you were meant to be.

It hasn’t truly gone away.

Start by taking a deep breath, and sit quietly while you

listen to the wisdom written on your heart

by your God/Goddess.

Be kind to yourself

caress your skin, your hair, your breasts,

all the body bits that make you woman.
Gently touch the flabby bits, the too-skinny bits,

the old bits, the not-perfect bits

Stop to kiss Mother Earth, Gaia,

bend your knees, run your fingers through her soil

hug her trees, blow kisses into her wind.

Twirl your skirts, kick up your heels

and dance while you listen to the music nobody else hears.

Then, when you are ready, turn your head in the direction

your own journey calls you and don’t look back

even when you hear the cries

of those who feel betrayed by your leaving.

Stand tall, my friend,

you need to be courageous for this remembering

you need to be ready to break things

shift things, disturb the status quo.
You need to be powerful, and wise, and steadfast,

in this re-birth, because it is what is expected of you

by all of those waiting for you to lead them.

Make no mistake - they ARE waiting for you to lead them

because they are afraid, they are hurting,

and they have lost their way.

They need your strength, your courage,

your beauty, your art, to lead them into this new place.

But first,

be gentle, sit quietly,

for you need this time of rest

to prepare you for the journey.

(if you'd like a downloadable pdf of this to print and hang on your wall, visit http://sophialeadership.com/2010/11/how-to-be-a-woman/ )

Comments

ikirimat's picture

Wonderful piece of

Wonderful piece of writting.

I refer you to what I share with others on http://www.worldpulse.com/node/31232
Good work and keep up

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


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