For weeks now I've been trying to share my thoughts but somehow I haven't been able find the words. I know once I begin the rest will flow. But somehow the beginning is escaping me. I tell myself maybe that means that it's not the right time to share this. Yet, the theme keeps coming back to me.
Forgive me if my thoughts seem random. I'm confidence that the essence of what I'd like to share will be clear to you.
On September 7th my daughter, Tayler turned 17 years old. (this is when the idea first came to me)
When I look into my beautiful daughter's face I still see the mischievous little girl. I also see the young woman she is becoming and my heart overflows with love. The qualities that I admire most are her fearlessness, her strength, courage, adventurousness. She smiles easily and laughs often.
My mother has 3 daughters. Her twin sister also has 3 daughters. The six of us along with our mothers were inseparable growing up. I have always been surrounded by strong women.
This week a childhood memory came back to me. I was probably 10 years old sitting on my pink Huffy bike in our back driveway. I was looking over my shoulder at our open garage. My mom, her sister (my second mom) and other female relatives had gathered. All were sitting around our little blue wading pool filled with tomatoes preparing to jar sauce. I vividly remember the feeling that all was right with the world. No harm could ever come to me. I felt safe and secure with that circle of women.
This week I again found myself looking at a circle of strong women. The difference was that this time I knew that what I was experiencing was the Grace of the Divine Mother. I have no doubt that it has been this Grace that has risen up to support me whenever I needed support. It's the grace of the Divine Mother that gives me that same feeling I had at 10yrs. old. All is right with the world. I am safe and secure in the arms of the Divine Mother. Sometimes that Grace expresses itself in the smile and kind words of the strong women I am blessed to still be surrounded by.
In yoga the essence of feminine power is referred to as Shakti. It's the Shakti that moves a woman to offer a hug or words of support to someone she doesn't even know simply because she saw a need. It's the Shakti energy that makes things happen. The power of Shakti is what give a mother the power to do extraordinary things to protect her child. It's the power of Shakti that can look into a person's eyes and see their soul.
I have spent much time trying to figure out how to teach my daughters about Shakti. Then it dawned on me. Shakti is their intrinsic nature. It flows through them freely. All I need to do is make sure that they feel safe and secure enough in their own true nature to allow it to continue to flow freely.
When a circle of women gather together the power of Shakti is awesome! Stepping into our own Shakti power we hold the light by which our daughters can light the power of their own Shakti nature.
Our only hope for the future is to nurture our daughters. It will be their Shakti power that will change the world.