Womanhood Wisdom

By: Debbie Rosas, Nia Co-Founder

To me the wisdom and gifts associated with being a woman are a constant process of trial, error, and forgiveness. I had to learn to embrace my own femininity, not just as someone who did things like other women of the past, but as my own woman. Along the way I often felt alone, as if no one else could possibly understand what I was going through. If I only knew then what I know now, being a woman is a sensory, always changing, sensuous life where moment-to-moment we’re on the verge of insanity and greatness.

It is an honor to be a woman. Having a fulfilling life is a choice, and it is available to all feeling and thinking human beings that choose this path. It’s not always easy, but it is rewarding. As women, we birth children and we also birth new ideas, that have the power to break paradigms. I believe every life and story of a woman has the power and potential to stop war and make love. I recognize the choices women have made, and honor what they each bring to changing the identity of the inner and outer landscape of womanhood.

One woman I honor is my mother; she has taught me so many wonderful, influential lessons. What I feel has impacted me the most was teaching me to honor and respect what I believe to be the essence and source of my womanhood: my feminine spirit. Not a day goes by that I don’t acknowledge my mother. It is within the folds of her story and within the fibers of our relationship that I have embraced the woman I am.

I have learned to listen to my personal insights, feelings, and voices of my body. These feelings and voices are something that I honor and cherish. They have helped me deal with womanhood and with life. Asking myself questions has always been instrumental in me changing and growing into the woman I want to become. I ask myself, “What gets in the way of you living a full life as a woman?” When I slow down and begin the important process of listening, one of formulating my own language, thoughts, beliefs, all of which clearly define my story and philosophy, I begin to tap into MY story, the story of my womanhood.

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