Quotations to Inspire You

Moving to California and taking the time to find a sense of balance was one of the most important phases of my life. It gave me an opportunity to learn from the wisdom of many women authors, thinkers, and visionaries who had explored the issues and challenges confronting women at midlife. Through studying their books, attending their workshops, and participating in personal discussions with them, I felt renewed and encouraged to seek wholeness as a woman and to choose a different path for my own professional life.

Be inspired by some of the words that express so eloquently our journey as women. Having been trained by the words, texts, and expectations of men, the words below quenched my thirst for a woman-affirming self-understanding and new direction.

Women everywhere are birthing a new vision of women’s health and wellness. Central to this vision is that we trust what we know in our bones: that our bodies are our allies and that they will always point us in the direction we need to go next. —Christiane Northrup, M.D., Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

When the potential mothering is over, modern woman enters the previously uncharted, unnamed midlife years, a time of life that used to be synonymous with old age. The modern woman in midlife is potentially wise, still vigorous, and in possession of a kind of fierce power that is biologically mediated by a relative increase in testosterone levels that occur as estrogen levels diminish just before menopause. — Joan Borysenko, PhD., A Woman’s Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle

When we enter a forest phase in our lives, we enter a period of wandering and a time of potential soul growth. In the forest it is possible to reconnect with our own innate nature, to meet what we have kept in the shadows and what we have been kept from knowing or acknowledging about ourselves. Here it is possible to find out what we have been cut off from, to “re-member” a once vital aspect of ourselves. We may uncover a wellspring of creativity that has been hidden for decades. Most of all, once in the forest, we must find within ourselves whatever we need to survive. —Jean Shinoda Bolen, Crossing to Avalon

As we enter the elder wisdom years, time is once again available for friends, not just those of our own age, but those of every age. Sharing our wisdom with other seniors is wonderful, but sharing it with younger women and men is critical for the continued emotional, intellectual, political, spiritual, and moral development of our culture. Throughout the life cycle we need to learn from one another and grow together if we are to bring about a new Integral Culture based on feminine values of respect, interdependence, and care for future generations. — Joan Borysenko, PhD., A Woman’s Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle

You and I are part of a massive group of capable, healthy, and self-assured women who are redefining what it means to be a woman at midlife: physically, financially, and spiritually. All of the things we are passionate about in our adolescence are now coming up for us again. But this time we have the skill, connections, and savvy to act on our passion and make it real. Once we truly become partners with our own spirits at midlife, we not only restore our faith in ourselves, but also become part of a force to be reckoned with. —Christine Northrop, M.D.,The Wisdom Of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change

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