To the Lionesses: Remember that you are Wild, Strong & Free.

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There is no one way to become powerful.

Although many of us think that if we had this or that, we might finally feel free or capable of handling our lives fully.

However, what we are lacking when we think this way is not strength or power. What we are lacking, when we believe we are not enough, is something else—and that something else is perspective.

I was leading a retreat series last month; and often, as I teach, I also deeply learn and heal too. We are all so intrinsically connected that as others learn their wholeness, so do we as teachers.

At one point on the retreat, my colleague was leading a visualization in which we were to meet our subconscious. In our mind’s eye, we were guided down a forest path and into a clearing, and there in front of us was a being waiting to share secret knowledge.

Sometimes, we don’t know where our next spark of inspiration will come from—but it always does come, especially if we stay open to receiving it. The being that I met that day had been lingering in my inner shadows for quite sometime. She was a lioness, and she had something very interesting to say.

This lioness was tall, and strong, and proud. She looked me straight in my eyes with a clear message. From her message, I was inspired to write this poem, and what she said to me echoes inside of me everyday…

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I met a lioness last night in my dreams.
She told me I was wild,
and strong,
and free.

She said:
“You are power,
and strength,
and courage.”

She said:
“The challenges you face today are meant to be.
For you are growing truer,
braver,
and light.”

I met a lioness last night in my dreams.
She told me I was wild,
and strong,
and free.

She said:
“You are power.”

She said:
“Roar—and do this ever so gracefully.”

She said:
“Show this to others…share.
Because they might not know it yet,
but they are lions and lionesses too.
They are wild,
and strong,
and free.”

I met a lioness last night in my dreams…

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This lioness who spoke to me from my subconscious that day was truth—at least, my own truth. She was particularly meaningful to me. In the Kundalini lineage of yoga I practice, I was given the name Sat Deva Kaur, which translates as “Lioness of Truth.”

There is no one way to become powerful, but believing in our own strength—and remembering that we are wild, and strong, and free—is a pretty, darn good place to begin.

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Author: Sarah Norrad
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Sarah Norrad

Sarah Norrad was born a wild woman in the rural and rugged forests of the Nimpkish Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC. This is a place where the mountains, forests and rivers speak louder than the people. A transformational coach, certified yoga instructor, mindfulness and lay counsellor, and authoress, Sarah muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, adventure, and tenderness. Currently, she exploits the cracks in her own heart to write as a columnist at elephant journal, her busy brain to create content for others through her business and her keen spirit to sit as coach and counsellor, teaching powerful tools for success in all aspect of our lives, especially personal power. Please track down her offerings and her mindful self on elephant journal, her writer’s page or her personal Facebook, her website, Cowbird, Twitter and Instagram.