I went to the woods to be with my sisters.
I went to the woods seeking my next step.
I went to the woods feeling lost, confused, uncertain, weary, emptied and afraid.
I went to the woods to release my grief. To cleanse my soul. To hear my voice. Find my song.
I went to the woods to disappear for awhile. Be quiet. Listen. Receive.
I went to the woods and I was SEEN. I was HEARD. I was WELCOMED.
|photo by Nika Ridley
I went to the woods and I shed yet another layer, another scaly piece of snakeskin armor. I shed and left in the dirt beliefs that are Just.Not.True.Anymore.
Stories that were Never True were laid upon the altar and burned. Wounds honored for the truth they bear witness to: Strength. Belonging. Acceptance. Love.
I went to the woods to create new prayers. To gain new tools. To go deeper into my own truth.
I emptied and then I receive the love. Oh, soooo much love. It cracked me wide open. It pulled my insides out and left me shiny new, tender, raw.
|image by Tiffanie Gabourie Davis
I went to the woods and I was found. I un-covered what had never been lost, just misplaced, buried underneath piles of decomposing leaves, a poultice upon old wounds long-ago scabbed over and now healed. New skin ready for sunlight and fresh air.
I sat upon a mossy rock and rested against a tree whose trunk leaned away from the dark of the woods and stretched towards the life and light of the river. I closed my eyes and I listened to the river's song. I breathed in the scent of wet wood and damp earth. I felt the swift flow of water crashing over rocks in my pulse, in my blood, in my being.
I listened to the tree tell me its truth, its experience of belonging, of grounding, of reaching, of becoming.
I received the tree's message about claiming my place. Strengthening my root system. Growing by taking in that which refreshes, inspires, and nourishes me. It shared with me t how I am a link between the past of my ancestors - the earth I come from, the clay soil of my body - and the future that I co-create, that I hold in my arms and in my heart, that I lift up and offer to the light.
I went to the woods with trust in my heart and in my sisters and with a fledgling's trust of myself. Wobbly, not quite certain, but willing to make the leap. By doing so, I was welcomed into magic and healing, wonderment and love.
Oh, the love ... a mother's love ... mama goose's love and dedication to her eggs, dedication to life ...
Dedication to her path reminding me to honor mine, to have patience and understanding that there can be no rushing soul work. It must be attended to with care and kindness, generosity and a constant dose of patience and no self judgement. Just love and understanding.
I went to the woods lost, alone, weary, and weak. I came home fortified, refreshed, filled, and connected.
|image by Nika Ridley
I came home flooded by the sense, the understanding, of So.Much.Love and a taste of the immensity of the power and magic of that love that surrounds me and is me. I came home ready to be fully myself. It takes a team to do this work. Thankfully, these doulas were on hand to guide me through the journey. Aho my sisters. So.Much.Love to you all.
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