I’d been feeling spiritually disconnected for awhile, a few years at least. So when I heard about the 2011 Birthing Ourselves into Being circle, I thought it sounded like just the thing to juice my Sunday afternoons. I had no idea!
The year-long circle reignited my commitment to spiritual practice through poignant readings and the kind of truth-speaking that quickens your pulse. The women in the circle—there were 9 of us—held a space of compassion and encouragement for me so I could step into a better way of being, even when I had to make the trip more than once. One big change for me: I parted ways with my working-to-make-a-living mentality so I could get clear about working-to-make-a-life.
To say that I filled journal after journal that year only hints at how much I learned about feminism, friendship, and family, and about mothering, marriage, and myself. Nearly two years later, I am still filled with gratitude for what this circle and this small, mighty group of women did for the quality—to say it simply—of my life.
Most remarkably, the BOiB circle saw me through a change I never saw coming: leaving behind the sweet city of Athens, GA, to plant my family here in Nashville. The move—our third in seven years—was a source of temporary denial. Then it was cause for many tears. Ultimately, making the move was a decision that my husband and I reached together, for the good of our family. I can’t imagine having surfed the emotional rush and braved the timeline for that uprooting without the safety and support of our Sunday circle.
For those reasons and more, I’ve been dreaming of a BOiB circle here in Nashville since the day I arrived. Baraka Elihu, the creator of Birthing Ourselves into Being: A Year-Long Women’s Empowerment Program, has crafted a truly remarkable guide to conceptualizing, conceiving, creating, and cultivating the woman you are becoming. I’d like to offer this circle work here.
Throughout 2012, I stayed in touch with my Georgia circle through seasonal check-ins. And each time I’ve met with them, I’ve thought of *you.* I’m feeling the call of the sacred space, the steady support, and the sisterly love of a weekly circle. Let’s be in touch about creating and investing in a Birthing Ourselves into Being year-long circle here in Nashville.
If you’ve been feeling called to shift something—to shed the stress, shine your light, live more intentionally, create a healthier connection with other women—if that speaks to you, please reach out! I’d love to connect with you.
P.S. Wondering about making the year-long commitment? Here’s what it took for me, and a short writing practice that may help you.