My illuminated heart

I attended a day-long retreat today.  My third year in a row to participate in Holistic Healing's Women's Wellness Retreat, and it gets better every year.  To be in the company of women who are genuinely interested in exploring alternative methods of healing and self-awareness is empowering.  As is the communal support. 

I spent the entire day in guided meditation, and it was amazing!  After seven hours of reconnecting with my inner Source, I'd come out feeling like I'd just had a massage.  Grateful and relaxed.  

What an experience it was to visualize my twin soul and truly focus on a meaningful moment.  To travel to the depths of the Earth's core and up beyond the planet's atmosphere, I understand that I am but a tiny detail in this expansive universe.  To seek the guidance of Goddess Spirit as well as a guardian angel was moving.  In my meditations, the facilitator asked us to call upon a loved one who has died and could serve as my guardian angel.  I naturally thought of my Dad, whose death I realize, I continue to grieve.  While my day-to-day is busy with the stresses of commuting and work which conveniently let me push away whatever it is I choose not to deal with -- when I finally get a moment to myself, I often struggle with the memory of my father.

The day-to-day is indeed full of so much static, so much so that it takes tremendous effort to either change the channel or tune into what is truly significant.  Ironically enough, for my past three years' retreat attendance,  my morning's intentions have always centered on the same people in my life -- my Mom, A., and my waiting child -- all to whom I radiate love, light and blessings. 

Today was a reminder that I need to be more disciplined about meditation.  Coupled along with prayer and gratitude, meditation is a powerful tool in maintaining my illuminated heart.  Namaste.

A most blessed thank you especially to E. for sharing in such a charmed experience!

Imagine a Woman by Patricia Lynn Reilly

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.