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A Personal Reflection about
Women & Beauty

Winter '96

We share so many intense stories and struggles on a daily basis, that I wanted to offer a space to quietly contemplate the universe and our place in it. This tribute is for all women including our sisters who have taken their place in a new space of honor. They continue to inspire us, as we move forward, and continue the quest for equal rights in all areas of our lives, especially those that challenge our birth rights.

May this uplift us, as a group of committed women, and stir our hearts to overflow with undiluted love, even for those that wish to pass judgment on this thing called Life.

Beauty Within

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How is beauty defined or captured? Beauty shares many shapes and forms, from the vastness of a snow capped mountain, shrouded in clouds and vapor, to the crystal blue seas, sparkling like jewels, reflecting from the radiance of the sun.

Beauty is fragrance, emanating from the vast array of blooms and petals, swaying in meadows and fields, Rich reds, vibrant yellows, lavender and blue, delicate pink and peach. Within the gentle and fragile petals, lies the eternal gift of our Creator. Like a whisper, we are drawn into his secure embrace. He gently shares his overwhelming Love for us, through the vast expanse of the universe.

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Beauty is strength, displayed in the mighty trees, whose branches reach up and out, offering protection, comfort and shade. They provide a home to countless creatures, from insects to the multitudes of migrating birds. Its very trunk is impaled to enclose other forms in nature that need protection from the elements.

Beauty is in the terrain. It descends to earth in a gentle sprinkle or in torrents, bouncing off the earth and all it holds. It is cleansing and refreshing. It creates pools for nourishment, and for the giggles of small playful children, watching a paper boat float haphazardly down the stream. Rain offers a tranquil response, and soothes away the worries of the day.

Beauty is honored in the gift of woman. She embodies Love and grace, inner strength and timeless commitment. She is a spectrum of colors, sizes and shapes. She moves with determination, gathering Loved ones into her comforting arms. She is a creature bejeweled with many facets. To capture the depth of her integrity one must pause and take note. Connected is she to the infinite resources of her ancient yet timeless Mother, sharing equal pain, violation, comfort, moving with the rhythm of the seasons. She speaks with wisdom and learning, passing on timeless values and beliefs to her offspring.

Woman

The beauty of woman is in her commitment to nurture intimacy and deep spiritual bonding with her partner or soul mate. So intense is her energy and gentle caress, the powerful forces reaching deep to her core, explode like a zillion shooting starts, melting in blissful ecstasy. Within her being is a storehouse of untouched gifts, already developed, waiting patiently to be manifested in the proper space of time. With each experience, each challenge, she is guided into a new dimension of Learning. Over a period of time, from infancy, childhood, adolescence, and with the subtle brush of the Masters hand, she is transformed into a creature of maturity and femininity.

To give a moment of honor and respect to the vision of beauty -- embraced in the form of woman, is to give an affirmative, humbling prayer to a Power, whose very essence is Love eternal, offering endless avenues of reflection and growth for each of us to ponder.




  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 

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