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The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman

by Sonny Carroll

The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world

with a sense of confidence and grace.

Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.

Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation

and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.

How much to ask for herself and how much to give.

She has a strong, yet generous heart

and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.

Like the mythical Phoenix,

she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,

unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance.

Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.

She hears the wind rustling through the trees;

beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.

She feels the softness of her hands

and muses at the strength that they possess.

Her needs and desires she has learned to express.

She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,

overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.

And the one thing she never understood,

she now knows to be true,

it all begins and ends with you.

 

Copyright 2003, Sonny Carroll & Pearls of Wisdom.

The Beauty of a Woman

T h e  B e a u t y  O f   A Woman

The beauty of a woman

isn’t in the clothes she wears,

The figure that she carries,

or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman

must be seen from in her eyes;

Because that’s the doorway to her heart,

the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman

isn’t in a facial mole;

But true beauty in a woman,

is reflected by her soul.

It’s the caring that she cares to give,

the passion that she shows;

And the beauty of a woman

with passing years only grows.

Authorship: Maya Angelou, Ralph Fenger, Audrey Hepburn & Sam Levenson.

Laughing into the New Year!

Well I know that I have always found laughter to be relieving and attitude-boosting in my daily life, and it turns out that there are incredible health benefits to that everyday laughter!

Laughter in general has been shown to help reduce stress while also battling issues with depression or other times when the positive outlook is most needed. Laughter simply boosts endorphin levels to create a simple assistant to overall health.

Photo by stockimages

Photo by stockimages

There are many simple situations where you can put laughter into your own life and enjoy the positive benefits:

  • Rent a funny movie
  • Try laughter yoga
  • Find a laughter group

For further information visit the following page with information on laughter benefits and methods to increase your own laughter!

http://www.everydayhealth.com/womens-health/health-benefits-of-laughter.aspx

The Many Paths to Spirituality

“Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.” – Mother Teresa

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As women today we all face the challenges of life with the greatest burden amongst home and work. With the amount of thorough disaster that stress can take on our health, there is the value that spirituality has found to revive the pure and lasting energy at our core. Energy is always flowing and changing, so controlling our center of energy is considered to be crucial to maintaining psychological and physical health. So take advice from the simple quote by Mother Teresa… Listen to your own heart to determine a path to spirituality!

Although spirituality has long been recognized in Eastern cultures, it has become even more well-known in the past decade. The spiritual centers of the individual, or 7 chakras, align with the systems of the body and a path of spiritual wellness can also help to heal or prevent physical or emotional illness. Spirituality is not defined by religion or a weekly church service, but there are other paths which can be beneficial to individual wisdom and health. There are several different spiritual paths, followed by several well-known Americans, which have led to overall health and well-being within short periods.

Take a few minutes to find your spiritual path with a small time of focus outside of your daily life. Some paths that have been found include:

  1. Nature – Going for a hike or walk (without your phone!) just to enjoy the beauty outside
  2. Mantra – Any single word can be a calming chant that leads to positive thoughts
  3. Yoga – A stress-relieving workout, to breath in the good and exhale the bad, free the mind
  4. Love –Caring acts for others help wash out the bad thoughts
  5. Intention – The feeling that you intend upon should be the initial goal before your action
  6. Meditation – Clean up chaotic thoughts and bring back focus to the mind

The Power of Having Great Girl-friends

“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” – Aristotle

It’s the truth that even friendships can be the most challenging of relationships, but between women our friendships can also be the most rewarding. The female response to stress can be overwhelmingly dangerous to many areas of our physical and emotional health, and the close and open bond among a group of friends helps those women to maintain health, even as they age.

Within a friendship between women there is the complete openness and lack of restrictions that allows for release of stressors through communication with full warmth and support. At the door of the female-only space women’s voices and stories are the primary content, and there is no need to hold back due to limitations we place on ourselves in contemporary feminine rules and expectations. Open up to your friends and feel the complete ability to live as a person, not just seen as a woman!

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Women’s friendships often outlast even many of the other very valuable portions of our lives, leaving those friends to help hold us up when we are down. Friends are often there longer than husbands, jobs, lovers or even children… With the ability to turn to a group of close friends, or even simply the one closest friend, as women we still have the ability to overcome even the most devastating life events with strength, comfort and replenishment.

Still don’t have that best girl friend or maybe you’ve moved out of state and don’t see them as often?

Meetup.com is a great way to meet new friends in the area while doing something fun! (If you’re in the Northern California area we have a local She’s Next group there! )