June 28, 2013
This is how I opened and closed the Wellington Rape Crisis AGM last night.
Before we start I would like us to just take a few moments.
just to center ourselves
to take a deep breath
to close our eyes if we wish
let’s presence ourselves
in this space
in this chair
with these people
in this moment
and I ask that we think of the women
who have been part of our lives
and the journey that has led us here
the women we love
the women we’ve lost
the women we have laughed with
the women we have cried with
the women who we have fought alongside or just fought with
even the women for whom we hold no affection but who may still have taught us lessons that we carry with us
the women we have defended and those who have defended us
The women we nurture and those who have nurtured us
Let us bring their presence
in to the room
To surround us
let us fill our hearts and minds with their memories and warmth
let their wisdom guide our speech
their experience guide our decisions
let their resilience fortify our resolve
let their love infuse our cooperation
let us keep them here with us in the room during our time together
as we pull our attention back to the business at hand
As we close our time together, let us take a moment to presence ourselves once more
with a deep breath and a calm mind we reflect on what we have discussed and decided here
and the work ahead
Let us turn our attention again to the women we have brought into the room with us and thank them
Let us be grateful to them for their contributions
Let us appreciate them for their love, their pains, their strong backs and backbones
May we realise that we are among greatness
May we come to know that we are greatness
These women are us and we are them
May we appreciate ourselves
Thank you for being here tonight.
December 10, 2011
It must have been so.
There were mothers and crones and maidens about, speaking words and tones so secret and yet so deeply known to me.
Red curly hair and flowing laughter and movement, weaving us all together.
Food kept appearing and appearing and appearing
sour, spicy and sweet and fragrant.
They pulled me into the circle, placed their hands on me, infusing their wisdom
and within the colours and warmth of the light, they whispered kind spells in my ears and bestowed blessings upon my children