“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding
that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant
to be celebrated.”
“For far too long we have been seduced into walking a path that did not lead
us to ourselves. For far too long we have said yes when we wanted to say no.
And for far too long we have said no when we desperately wanted to say yes. . . .
When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon
our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice
If your heart becomes like the earth
before the rainy season
when it is thirsty for water
and develops wide cracks
due to the parching summer heat–
as if it has opened up its lips here
and the reanticipating the rains–
then the truth enters you.
Otherwise the truth turns back even from your very doorstep.
Many times it has turned back – in many, many life times.
“I offer you peace, I offer you love, I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty, I hear your need, I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the highest source, I salute that source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.”
Watch a mother — how much she does for the child. But if you ask her, she will
say, “I have not been doing anything. In fact many more things were needed to be
done and I have not done them. I always feel that my child has not received as
much care as was needed.” Then go to the secretary of a club or an institute and
ask him. He will give you a long list of everything that he has been doing
there. Even things which he has not done will be included in the list!
He is a doer; a mother is a lover.