Home is Always Waiting: Living in Peace
The home within is a safe space. Spending time there fortifies us to withstand the sexism and ageism of the culture and equips us with the strength and compassion necessary to embody peace for the sake of our daughters, granddaughters, and nieces. It is never “too late” to return home—home is always waiting. It is as near as a conscious breath, conscious contact with your woman body, and descent into the abundant resources of your inner life.
Set aside regular time to make conscious contact with the home within you. Mindful descent into the richness of your own life will inspire you to create a body-loving legacy as your gift to your daughters, granddaughters, and nieces. A legacy through which they will discover the divine within them and love her fiercely. A legacy that compels them to honor her face as they look into the mirror, bless her body as they shower and bathe, and celebrate her life in the telling of their stories. Inspired by your love, may they face her without shrinking, she is lovely to behold. Mother and daughter, at peace.
Return Home to the Your Breath
Quieting the Noise—Settling into Stillness
Making conscious contact with the home within quiets the noisiness of a lifetime that chatters away in our minds and thoughts. As we take a deep breath, we settle into the present moment and reconnect to our inner stillness. In the quietness of here and now, there is peace.
Return home to your breath. Become conscious of its faithful rhythm. Savor it as it flows in, through, and around you. On each inhalation, gather yourself from the far corners of your life. As you exhale, allow sighs, sounds, and yawns to ride on the back of the breath to release the accumulation of a lifetime. Settle into this moment at peace.
Return Home to Your Body
Releasing Burdens—Settling into Lightness
Making conscious contact with the home within releases the burdens our body’s bear as a result of the expectations of a lifetime. As we turn toward our bodies with love, we settle into the present moment. In the lightness of here and now, our lives are simpler, clearer, and lighter.
Return home to your body. Make conscious contact with it: move or stretch it, touch or massage it, or imagine the breath reaching into each part of your body. Meet each body sensation with the breath and your own healing, acknowledging touch. Breathe again into this moment and receive the gifts of your body.
Return Home to Your Inner Life
Dispelling Confusion—Revealing the Path
Making conscious contact with the home within dispels the confusion created by years of believing body-critical messages. As we turn toward our inner lives with curiosity, we settle into the present moment. In the clarity of here and now, our legacy projects are revealed.
Return home to your inner life. Imagine yourself as a leaf let go of by an autumn tree, a leaf slowly and gradually descending toward the ground, its descent cushioned by the breath of life, a leaf touching the ground in the forest deep within your being. Make conscious contact with the ground of your being, receiving the gifts of your inner life.
“When you enter a loving relationship with yourself, you become both the lover—the one who gives love, and the beloved—the one who receives it. Through this self-directed love, you experience yourself
as a limitless being, in tune with the whole of existence.” Margo Anand
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