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 believes she is good, A woman who trusts and respects herself, Who listens to her own needs and desires And then meets them with tenderness and grace. Imagine a woman who believes she belongs in the world, A woman who celebrates her own life, Who is glad to be alive. Imagine a woman who has acknowledged 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 as a trustworthy companion And its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource. Imagine a woman who embraces her sexuality as her own, A woman who delights in pleasuring herself, Who experiences all of her erotic feelings and sensations Without shame or guilt Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess In her own changing face, A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years And her wisdom Who refuses to use her precious life energy to Disguise the changes in her body and life Imagine a woman who authors her own life A woman who exerts, initiates and moves on her own behalf Who refutese to surrender except to her truest self And to her wisest voice Imagine a woman who names her own goeds A woman who imagines the divine in her own image and likeness

Who designs her own spirituality And allows it to inform her daily 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 shameless woman who is full of herself A powerful woman who is awakened to the truth about herself A courageous woman who has assumed her rightful place beside men A wise woman whose beliefs about herself are reflected in her relationships Imagine yourself as this woman as you gather the gifts of your awakening: a freed imagination, a God born of your own experience as woman, the unfolding images of your spiritual center; a suspicion of the customary, a courageous rebellion, a commitment to shape your own life and spirituality; the celebration of your body and natural processes, the accumulation of your years, the rich resources of wisdom within you; and affirmation of your goodness, an acknowledgment of your wounds, an experience of healing into the present. Gather these gifts and offer them to your mothers, daughters, granddaughters, and nieces. To your fathers, sons, grandsons, and nephews. Author Unknown

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