For the past four years I’ve been enjoying being part of a growing sisterhood community. We gather together in circles in person and on whatsapp and talk about what is going on in our lives. We celebrate the things that are going well, share the challenges and the heartaches and set intentions for our lives and what we want to contribute to the world around us.
It can sound super cheesey from the outside, but every woman that has had their first experience of a sister circle has had the same response: ‘I really needed that’.
And I believe that as women we really do need it.
There is something about women coming together and supporting one another that seems to nourish and heal us on a very deep level
Which is why the sister circles that I’m part of are held in such high esteem and love by the women that are part of them.
And which is why we are always encouraging women to have a go at their own sister circles – to experience the simplicity and power of them.
So today I wanted to share with you a poem that expresses the power and beauty of sisterhood.
It was written last month to welcome little Loli into the world. She is the first baby girl to have been born into our sisterhood crew and when her mother was planning her naming ceremony she asked all of the women in the sister circle to write something about what sisterhood meant to them, so that it could be woven together and read out at the ceremony.
And so here are the words that Loli’s godmother (also part of the sister circle) stood up and read out at a ceremony to welcome her god daughter into the world. A message of love and sisterhood, woven from the words of the sisterhood of women that support her mother.
And it is truly powerful
It's the strength of a united force
One that's immediate with the women you surround yourself with
And one that’s universal with your sisters from around the world
Sisterhood creates a space of nourishment and love
A place to celebrate your everyday joys and triumphs
And one to hold one another when joy seems far away
Sisterhood is where you are supported when you are at your most vulnerable
It's a space to listen, and to be heard
For both the laughter
And where you ask for help
Sisterhood is surrounding yourself with women
whose energy ignites your spirit.
A space to grow and flourish.
It is listening without judgement,
Without needing to give advice.
It is allowing women to be beautifully real
And fearlessly be themselves
And it is truly powerful
It’s a force that when it’s awakened
has the power to heal
both one another
And the world around us
Loli –You will always have the support and strength of your mama's sisters around you. And with this, hopefully, you will learn how to choose and find your own sisterhood.
Which is one of the most powerful things a girl can have.”
P.S. If you want to start your own sister circle (all you need is three of you to create one) then download our ‘Guide to starting a sister circle’