A yoga instructor recently shared this poem in a yoga class I attended. After she read it at the end of class, many women rushed up to her (including me) wanting to know the name of the poem and who wrote it. It’s so good that I also had to share it! Even though it’s written with women in mind, I encourage men to read it and take it to heart too. (Men, it might be helpful to read “man” instead of “woman” and change the pronouns accordingly.) I think this poem is relevant and life-enriching for everyone. Blessings to all and thank you to Aimee for the wonderful poem. 🙂
TO THE FIERCELY RISING WOMAN
by Aimee DuFresne
For the woman who wears a smile on her lips, and has found genuine joy even in the midst of great despair and heartache.
Her lips release words of love and kindness when she senses someone’s suffering, and offers salve for their soul.
Her heart has shattered open, but she still believes in beauty and light, even when she is surrounded by darkness.
She who holds hope in her heart, no matter how tiny a thread, the glimmer of this shred she holds sacred.
Her laughter shakes the seeds of pain, and prevents them from taking root in her soul.
The woman who walks into any room and lights it up with her inner glow, making heads turn and hearts shift to a higher vibration.
To the woman who has been beaten down by harsh words, inexcusable actions, or indescribable fears. Yet she refused to stay down, and instead stood up stronger. She erected boundaries, at first in a struggle for safety, but soon within its confines she would create her new kingdom.
Digging her feet in, finding her foundation and moving forward with greater grace and ease, releasing the struggle as she allowed Spirit to run through her veins and gather the pieces of her shattered heart, making it sparkle brighter than ever before.
The woman who opened that shattered sparkling brightness to choose love over fear. Progress over pain. Passion over perfection.
The woman that is you.
Perhaps you think I’m not talking to you. Rather the reference is to your soul sister, your fearless friend, that other woman. The one you yearn to be, but feel hopeless to attain.
Your kingdom is in ashes. Your heart is heavy. Your vibration flat-lined.
My darling, that is all part of the journey. Rain and rainbows. Love and loss. Joy and pain. Each pair co-exists.
Where you are now is crucial. It is taking you where you most want, and need, to be.
Your heart will shatter. Transform the scars to shine like diamonds, radiating sparkles from the depth of your being to shine out into the world.
You will lose at times. Friends, lovers, people, pets. You might endure deaths, divorces, loss of health, wealth, and sense of self.
Allow the loss, feel it fully, and let it lead you to the place deep within your soul that knows the truth. You are infinite. Love is infinite. Life is infinite. Loss is only an illusion.
Feel your emotions, dive in deeply. Allow anger, resentment, grief, fear, loneliness, hopelessness rush through your veins, igniting your cells. Stay with it, not leaving it to seek shelter while it embeds in your soul. Stay with it, as it courses through you, at last releasing.
Leaving you empty. Open to possibilities.
Fall back to love, strengthen your soul.
And rise, rise, realizing the army of love that surrounds you.
For you, yes, you, are a fiercely rising woman.
And when that realization sweeps over you, and only then, is when the emptiness is filled. Overflowing. Cascading light, laughter, joy, and love, run through you, each cell igniting the next.
You have arrived.
And when the eyes of a grief-stricken girl look up to you in awe, you lean down and whisper gently in her ear. And the gift shall be hers too.
Aimee Dufresne is a Joy Catalyst, Author, Speaker and Soul Coach at aimeedufresne.com. She gently guides women to declutter mind, body and soul and embrace their true power. Check out her book, Keep Going: From Grief to Growth, and visit her on facebook. 🙂