Hope and Healing

June 15th, 2017 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

At some point in the not too distant past, I printed out a post by a woman named Rose. I don’t know her last name or which group of friends she is in, but I think it’s valuable and want to share it with you. Rose writes about “a tornado-like energy swirling around fraught with …
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“Women Who Run with the Wolves” and those who try to keep up! A dedicated group of GTW women are reading “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, the Clarissa Pinkola Estes classic. It’s not an easy read. The Albuquerque Tribune book reviewer wrote, “This isn’t some snappy self-help breeze-along packed with one-liners about mining the …
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July 2016 Newsletter

February 24th, 2017 | Posted by DeborahBee in Gather the Women | Newsletters - (0 Comments)

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When the women find their chairs and the shuffling ceases, A woman walks to the center and lights the candle, A woman rings the bell and the space becomes sacred. Maybe, for me, chairs will shuffle forward a bit or back a tad, so every woman sees every other woman’s eyes. A safe container forms …
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Sisters

October 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

In Gather the Women, we often call each other “sister”. We use the word to show that we care about each other. We listen to each other. We value each other’s gifts. We are sisters no matter where we live or who we love. When women are in circle for the first time, it’s common …
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Like millions of other people around the world, my husband Doug and I are watching the Olympics every evening on TV. As is often the case, we see the same thing, but it’s through the gender lens. I have never been engaged in sports. Tried softball in a couples’ league here in Juneau once, but …
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Self-Compassion

July 21st, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

A few days ago, I was at the store and had just finished paying for my groceries when a woman came over and said, “Barbara! I would have recognized you anywhere!” Noting my obvious lack of recognition, she said, “I’m Betty (something – was it Gomez?), you and I met in Anchorage in the 90’s …
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It’s been way too long since I wrote a blog for the Gather the Women. There’s been illness. There’s been a bit of malaise. There was also a 3 week visit from our daughter Amy and her baby Edith Simone. One forgets how much attention and care a baby needs. Edie is 9 months old …
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What exactly is “sacred activism”, and why is it that so many women in the Gather the Women sisterhood are engaged in it? By one definition, sacred activism is “a philosophy supporting personal and spiritual growth and the pursuit of wholeness”. Scrolling down the GTW Facebook page today, I came across Beth Bondo Bontley’s post …
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