“To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows, the dark ray of life, survival and instinct. A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling, a hunger and thirst. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst. A strength that would die fighting, kicking, screaming, that wouldn’t stop until the last breath had been wrung from its body. The will to take one’s place in the world. To say ‘I am here.’ To say ‘I am.” ― O.R. Melling
This week’s writing exercise for the Heart Manifesto workshop I am participating in (I was gifted entry!) is to write out everything that I believe “I am” without inhibition…
I am here. I am wild. I am fierce. I am emotional. I am contradictory. I am serious. I am generous. I am a Mother. I am Amma. I am Friend. I am Heart-Sister. I am heart. I am Water Brother. I am water. I am fire. I am stardust. I am a bright light. I am full of shadows. I am a family nurturer and community builder. I am non-violent. I am an advocate for social justice. I am a writer/poet. I am an artist. I am a singer. I am tired. I am in pain. I am enduring. I am thriving. I am loved. I am Lover and Beloved. I am a radical mystic. I am a believer in the heart. I am intellectual. I am a phoenix rising from the ashes. I am transparent. I am present. I am holding space. I am happy. I am missing my Man. I am held. I am supported. I am abundant.
I am a professional nonprofit and community leader. I am in the right place and right time to find the perfect work opportunity for myself and my family in Portland. I am patient…most of the time. I am frustrated with the Universe and its timing…some of the time. I am paradox. I am tentative to trust and I am deeply faithful.
I am a child dancing in wildflowers, blowing bubbles and giggling.
I am a teenager unwilling to accept the status quo in how I look or how I think.
I am a young adult experiencing my freedom for the first time in my life.
I am an Amma learning how to share parenthood with others. I am learning how to be someone other than Mommy.
I am matriarch in a tribe grown from love and the deep work of intimacy rather than blood.
I am an empath that feels the emotional experience of those I love in my heart.
I am a mystic, a priestess, a Divine Child. I am head over heels in love with the Universe.
I am bruised and scarred but never broken.
I am vulnerable.
I am open.
I am wide open, reaching deeper and further into the possibilities of who I am and who we are.
Ubuntu – I am because we are.