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I can’t believe we’re already to another Friday, not to mention the last Friday in January!

What are you feeling grateful for today? This month?

This year has held so many gifts for me already:

  • two releasing weeks in Florida
  • an energizing and re-framing business intensive in Las Vegas
  • the opportunity to teach 15 budding yoga teachers &
  • a surprise evening at the spa followed by a fantastic meal (below)


I’ll be honest though – it hasn’t all been pretty. 

Running a business is one of the best ways to become who you’re meant to be, because it forces you to confront all your crappy thoughts and habits.

To leap to the next level, first you’ve got to shed all the limiting beliefs from the old one. We call it the “breakdown before the breakthrough.” 

Based on the week I’ve had, I’m in for a huge breakthrough!

As part of moving through my blocks, I’ve been challenged to open to a whole new level of friendship and support from others. Each person’s expression of care invites me deeper into myself – to more knowing, more accepting, and more loving.

As beautiful as it may be conceptually, it’s hard to take on support when you feel misaligned, angry, and unworthy.

It’s hard to let love in when you’ve convinced yourself of the hundred reasons to lock it out.

But learning to receive and open vulnerably from a place of strength is a skill worth cultivating, because – from where I stand – it seems to be the key to mastering this thing called life.

To hold your power and wholeness, yet surrender into being held by another.

I truly believe our freedom lies on the other side of this paradox – on the other side of love and of consciously and willingly dissolving the self, not in weakness, but in empowered release.

Which is why I knew I had share the poem below with you when it came across my Facebook feed today. I’ve read it once before but it’s reappearance today was divine timing.

I highlighted a few passages that are particularly poignant to my life’s mission – to inspire peace and the deep knowing that you are already enough.

If You Want to Change the World, Love a Woman (2008)

By Lisa Citore

“If you want to change the world… love a woman-really love her.
Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.
Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen.
Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-
every winged one, every furry and scaled one,
every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one,
every not yet born and dying one…
Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life.
If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.
If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet,
you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her.

If you want to change the world… love a woman-one woman
beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,
beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety
and all your superficial concepts of freedom.
We have given ourselves so many choices
we have forgotten that true liberation
comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire
and burning through our resistance to Love.
There is only one Goddess.
Look into Her eyes and see-really see
if she is the one to bring the axe to your head.
If not, walk away. Right now.
Don’t waste time “trying.”
Know that your decision has nothing to do with her
because ultimately it’s not with who,
but when we choose to surrender.

If you want to change the world… love a woman.
Love her for life-beyond your fear of death,
beyond your fear of being manipulated
by the Mother inside your head.
Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her.
Say you’re willing to LIVE with her,
plant trees with her and watch them grow.
Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty,
by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess
through your adoration and devotion.

If you want to change the world… love a woman
in all her faces, through all her seasons
and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-
your double-mindedness and half-heartedness
which keeps your Spirit and body separate-
which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self
for something to make your life worth living.
There will always be another woman.
Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one
and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars,
trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.
Man doesn’t need any more choices.
What man needs is Woman, the Way of the Feminine,
of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing,
of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots
strong enough to hold the Earth together
while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.

If you want to change the world… love a woman, just one woman.
Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.
Love her through her fear of abandonment
which she has been holding for all of humanity.
No, the wound is not hers to heal alone.
No, she is not weak in her codependence.

If you want to change the world… love a woman
all the way through
until she believes you,
until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion,
her wildness have returned to her-
until she is a force of love more powerful
than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.

If you want to change the world,
lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.
Lay down your inner war, your righteous anger
and love a woman…
beyond all of your striving for greatness,
beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.
The holy grail stands before you
if you would only take her in your arms
and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.

What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered
through the heart of Woman?
What if a man’s love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine
is the key to opening Her heart?

If you want to change the world…love a woman
to the depths of your shadow,
to the highest reaches of your Being,
back to the Garden where you first met her,
to the gateway of the rainbow realm
where you walk through together as Light as One,
to the point of no return,
to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth.”

Be free, be brave, be YOU.

p.s. You can find the original poem in all it’s non-bold texted glory here: http://lisacitore.com/poetry/if-you-want-to-change-the-world-love-a-woman-2008/