I believe that the future of the world is in the hands of women.
It’s in how we choose to move through our lives, and our connections and interactions with others. It’s in our ability to trust in the inherent genius of living, organic systems and how they unfold and evolve. It lies in our willingness and ability to trust in our fear and do it anyway! I know I am in the very good company of many others who believe these same things.
One of the things that women do effortlessly – and have been doing for aeons – is gathering in small groups, talking. I believe that women gathering in small groups, talking, is a force that shapes culture. For generations going back too far to number, women have gathered in the simplest of ways : in conversations across the kitchen table, over tea and muffins; in chats over coffee at the local sweet shop; in restaurants and each other’s homes before an event or after a busy day. In Community Centers and Church basements, coming together to engage in conversation that allows them to connect to each other… and to themselves.
This ages-old habit of women gathering in small groups, talking… small clusters of 3 or 5 or 7… is an unseen, often unwitnessed and, I believe, greatly untapped force that is already shaping culture. What we talk about with each other goes on to shape how we live.
Women are the gateway to a new and much more powerful way to live – for ourselves, for our children and for the people we love. In this conversation, we’ll explore women gathering in small groups, talking… about themselves, about their lives and about the world they desire to create. You’ll hear about women who have learned how to recognize that their lives are about them and no-one else. Their challenges and their joys are of their own creation. And their world is one that is manifested from the inside, out.
You’ll find conversations that are rooted in a trust of self and other. Conversations that with mindful intention are designed to press the edges of existing awareness; to challenge ourselves and how we think about the things we think about. Conversations that speak to and encourage : what if?…..why not?….and who else???
The following closing thoughts can be found at the end of:
Episode 4 of ‘Reclaiming Your Self: Women Unedited and Engaged!’ on the topic of ‘Women Shaping Culture’.
Here are 3 simple things to keep in mind as you move through the coming week.
- Take a moment and consider: who are you spending your time with? Who are the women in your life that have already become your living expression of women gathering in small groups, talking…. and how is it already shaping your life? What do you talk about? And when you leave those conversations, what direction does your life move in? It’s important to remember that life is contagious.
- Take time to look around and ask yourself: who are the 2 or 3 women in my life, with whom I have already had compelling conversations? You know the kind: the ones that have made you stop… take a breath… and ponder something about yourself or your life. Be willing to become the attractor for the creation of these powerful conversations on a regular basis. Invite them to join you… say, once a week over 4 weeks, for a couple of hours each time… keeping each other good company as you consider the untapped potential of your own lives.
- Consider the creation of this gathering of women in small groups, talking…. with mindful purpose and intention. Visit the WEL-Systems Institute website and click on ‘Listen’. There, you’ll find more than 30 free audio recordings on a wide range of topics of interest to women; anywhere from 4 to 12 minutes long,that you can easily share with others. Choose a recording that awakens something in you and invite the women in your life to visit and listen to this same recording. Then, when you gather in a small group, allow yourselves to explore what you’ve discovered about yourself, from having listened. Don’t be surprised if your life changes in the blink of an eye! It’s not about doing – it’s about discovering: who am I willing to allow myself to become? It helps to have good company along the way!