Tell Your Story

Judith Duerk’s book Circle of Stones is about the sacredness of women being there for each other, listening, sharing, and learning in the way women learn. It starts with a simple question— how might your life be different if…? The impact of this simple question is amazing. It makes one dig deep into one’s own well of life, one’s repressed memories, deferred dreams, and unexpressed pain. Even when one reads Judith’s book alone, one feels as if one is sitting in a circle of women. I am sure I have read Circle of Stones a hundred times, and each time something new comes up in my consciousness.

When I had the opportunity to meet Judith, I experienced how she evoked powerful responses and reflections from women about their lives. Her gentle and enabling approach provides a safe and nurturing environment and makes women feel as though they are sitting in a circle with an ancient wise mother. She creates sacred feminine space for women wherever she goes.

Be inspired by Judith’s words and tell us your stories:

How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you, a place for you to go to be with your mother, with your sisters and the aunts, with your grandmothers, and the great- and great-great-grandmothers, a place of women to go, to be, to return to, as woman?

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.

How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you…a place of women, where you were received and affirmed? A place where other women, perhaps somewhat older, had been affirmed before you, each in her time, affirmed, as she struggled to become more truly herself.

A place where, after the fires were lighted, and the drumming, and the silence, there would be a hush of expectancy filling the entire chamber…a knowing that each woman there was leaving old conformity to find her self…a sense that all of womanhood stood on a threshold. And if, during the hush, the other women, slightly older, had helped you to trust your own becoming…to trust it and quietly and prayerfully to nurture it. How might your life be different?

Email your stories to me (khannas@mcn.org) and we will post them here on this page of the website to support and inspire each other.

            How might your life be different today in a circle of women?

            How have circles of women supported and inspired you?

            What gifts have you received from the women in your life?

            What is waiting to be released from within you?

Be inspired by Patricia Lynn Reilly's story:

Sumedha's book The Healing Well put the last decade of my own life into perspective. I followed Sumedha on her midlife journey into the books, workshops, and ideas that supported her into wholeness. I finally understood what had happened in my body, mind, and spirit, and Sumedha's words and stories blessed me with healing that reached back to the menopausal depression and midlife floundering of the past decade. —Patricia Lynn Reilly, Words Made Flesh

Now it's your turn. Share your story!


 
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