From Chapter 2: Planning a Blessingway
Our modern lives move quickly. For many of us, every twenty-four hours is filled and even overflowing. It doesn't seem to matter whether we are single and without kids, or the mother of seven children. So when we are presented with the idea of planning a blessingway, it's understandable that our first thought may be: "Where will I find the time?" If we stay wrapped up in thinking we have too little time, we are bound to feel powerless and even taken for granted amidst our rush to "get it all done."
As women, we are inherently both power-filled and power-full. Each one of us knows on some level that we do have awesome strength at our core. We feel it when we work long hours, then evening comes, and we work some more. We feel it when crisis hits and our family needs us. We feel it when we create something beautiful or bring happiness through our work. When we claim this power and acknowledge the value of what we have to give, we find we can make more power-full choices about how we spend our time.
A blessingway ritual does take time, energy, and effort to create-but it is worth every moment, thought, and drop of perspiration that is put into it. It is a universal principle that when we give, we also receive, and the value of what we stand to receive by coming together and creating this sacred event is beyond measure. When we choose to invest our time in this way, we are choosing to invest in ourselves.
Copyright © 2006 by Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke, and Donna Miller Watelet,
except photographs, copyright © 2006 by Dawn Mamikunian. All rights reserved.