How might your life have been different if, once when you were young, struggling to fulfill what you thought ought to be done, but afraid that there would never be time enough for you … something had quietly drawn you to go for a walk in the woods? If you had slowly walked away from the noise crowding in on you … until you heard, from within yourself, a silence you had almost forgotten?
If, as you watched the dappled shadows on the ground around you, the wind had suddenly stilled … and there was a silence so profound that you entered a new sense of time … of time stretching out before you? And you knew that there would be time enough to let your whole life emerge.
How might your life be different?
by Judith Duerk
As Judith Duerk powerfully shows, the world is crying out for a developed Feminine voice, a voice that can mediate, once again, the ancient values of the Feminine. These are values of interiority and of the sacredness of the earth, that honor the privacy of individual process; values of the deeper Self held within us all. Many women experience a battle within themselves between the critical, dismissing voice of their masculine side and the interior, self-sustaining voice of their feminine side. Without coming to terms and seeking balance with our masculine side, our feminine side can never reach its full potential. For those seeking balance between the masculine urge to DO and the feminine desire to BE, Duerk’s mixture of prose, poetry, and reflective questions creates a model for integration.
“How might your life be different?”
So begins Judith Duerk’s reflective, probing meditation on the loss of time in women’s lives, and the need to regain it. The pressures of modern life, with the relentless ticking of the clock, the stress caused by the demand to get more done in less time, the unending struggle to balance needs of family, relationship, and work. But where is the time to pause, to reflect, to care for the inner self? Where is the voice of the ancient Feminine which could provide balance to the frenetic imbalance of constant energy required by modern life?
Duerk calls women everywhere to tap into the powers of interiority, to regain the sacred, and to create communities of support, and in the process reimagine and remake the modern world. As she shows, without coming to terms and seeking balance with our masculine side, our feminine side can never reach its full potential. For those seeking balance between the masculine urge to DO and the feminine desire to BE, Duerk’s mixture of prose, poetry, and reflective questions creates a model for integration.