“How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go – a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman- a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself… waiting to be released…

A place of women …

How might your life be different?”

– Circle of Stones by Judith Duerk

It’s never much of a formal ceremony for us- sometimes we gather around a woodstove or fireplace. Just last week we piled around a table, eating tacos and drinking tequila. Ancestral circle traditions translated into modern times.

Our circle is one of the few places to sit- free of judgement and fixing- and just dump it. Throw it in the circle and leave it there, in our sacred space.

Our circle is multi-generational. Together we have have been through births, deaths, marriages, divorces (in sickness and in health…) and every race type and distance from sprint to Ironman. We have, and will continue to, cover each others asses, babysit kids, cook meals, bring coffee, and have fantastic travel adventures. Together, we have felt exquisite pain and ecstatic joy. We have 9 children and 2 grandchildren. We’re in the throes of every life stage- newborn, toddler, elementary, middle, high school, college, grad school, and beyond. We range in age from late 30’s to our 60’s. We are four women.  We are truth. We are powerful.

It is through the process of sharing our stories that we are able to take from the past and continue our unfinished work. We call them our ‘chapters’ and their titles are hidden deep among us. These stories are where the past and future collide to help guide and support us, making sure that we learn the lessons we need to, so we can continue to grow and evolve.

Circles of supportive women telling one another the truth is nothing new- these types of traditions have stood the test of time across cultures. However, we’re watching the art of these intimate connections  get lost in 2016, and this comes at a great cost. These circles create  space for sacred stories to be heard and felt – we need to create connections that can impact the future. While we cannot necessarily slow down our fast-paced world, we can honor each other and hold both the space and time to listen to one another, to speak from our hearts, and to maintain these important traditions.

Circles remind you to trust yourself- You are never alone. With the support of others we can be brave. And one woman’s story has the capacity to change the world.

So, who will you invite to sit around YOUR fire?

 

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