i love my body

that's why i want to take care of her.

she has secrets that she doesn't want to keep from me.

but i can't hear when i'm tight, rigid, resentful, and stifling her voice with congestion, drugging her with toxins, irritated with her limitations, or ignoring her needs in favor of my agenda

when i let her move and speak, she is beautiful - she knows how to release her own pain if i let her

when she cries, i know i have to pay attention -

but as with a child, i have to use authority - not to overrun, bully, diminish, ridicule or spoil

but to hear with wisdom, what is she really asking for

to trust her voice, too

she is the bearer of my soul's expression in the world

and if i want that expression to be true

i must take care of her