As I noted in my previous post, I’m choosing some readings for an upcoming women’s retreat. Our theme for the spring is “personal power” and so these responsive readings from the book Readings for Women’s Programs by Meg Bowman and Connie Springer seemed perfect to me. The capitalized (or italicized) sections are read in unison by the group and the non-capitalized/italicized sections are read by the facilitator. I think they could work for any type of women’s ceremony (blessingways, etc.):
Self-love is respecting my own uniqueness,
my creativity and my talents.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS,
HAVING CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITIES
Self-love is acknowledging my good qualities
and following my own guidelines.
SURROUNDING MYSELF WITH PEOPLE
WHO NOURISH ME AND ENHANCE MY SELF-ESTEEM.
Self-love is taking time to enjoy each day.
SURROUNDING MYSELF WITH COLORS AND BEAUTY,
GIVING PLEASURE WITHOUT GUILT
KNOWING THAT I DESERVE THE BEST
Self-love is loving and respecting my body.
REALLY TAKING CARE OF MYSELF
PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY,
GENTLY AND LOVINGLY
Self-love is seeing myself equal to others,
accepting myself and letting myself win.
NEVER PUNISHING MYSELF
OR HARMING OTHERS
TURNING MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
INTO POSITIVE ONES.
The more I love myself,
the more I can love others
and the more others will return my love.
IS BEING MYSELF
AND ENJOYING MY LIFE.
BE healthy enough
To live each day to the fullest
BE strong enough
To know that I cannot do everything alone.
BE wise enough
To realize I don’t know everything
BE courageous enough
To speak my mind and to change my mind
BE understanding enough
To listen to those with differing views
BE secure enough
To reveal my own unique personality
BE generous enough
To assist those who need my help
BE frugal enough
To take care of my own needs
BE realistic enough
To let go of the past and live in the present
And above all, BE loving enough
To BE loved
To BE happy
To BE whole
To BE myself.