I never ceased to be amazed and saddened by all that lies behind the smiles, smart looks and other facades so many women project. Beneath the surface there is so much pain, suffering, grief, guilt and negative emotions and experiences which weigh us down. All of this is compounded by the extraordinary effort it takes to hide these feelings and assume an air of composure, as if we ‘have it all together!’
Why do we tend to act in this way? Are we afraid of the truth, or of other people’s reactions …or does it go beyond that to our deep fear of ourselves?
These were some of my many ponderings after listening to Glennon, in the company of wonderful women, on July 1. Their thirst for the truths she shared was palpable:
· the reassurance that we are deeply loved by God, just as we are;
· the desire to create a more just world and to allow every voice to be heard;
· our ability to be compassionate to others, and, of course,
· our need to be vulnerable and to share.
If Sacred Threads can offer you any strands to strengthen your lives as you journey through life, that would be our privilege. We don’t have all the answers, but we are willing to walk together with those who seek greater wholeness.
Perhaps Marianne Williamson says it best :
“The only way to gain power in a world that. is moving too fast is to learn to slow down.
And the only way to spread one ‘s influence wide is to learn how to go deep.
The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed
but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls.
Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.”