Did you know that March 8 marks three auspicious events: Commonwealth Day in Canada, the NewMoon, and International Women's Day? So why not combine all three events into one Global Girls'Gala? The round, inclusive table is set with grandmother's linen and china; sterling from a first marriage and; fresh tropical flowers--because don't we all want to relax on a tropical island sometime? Tonight's the night! Your gathering is a symbolic effort to celebrate ALL the women of the world.
1) SAY GRACE
Share your own grace to bless the food, friendships, and women everywhere. Don't know a grace? Make one up. You start with a sentence, then each person adds a sentence, going around the table, one by one, until the grace is completed and you say "AMEN."
2) INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Since we are extensions of our ancestors and the Divine Feminine, invite each women to complete this sentence which some call a "Matriarchal Chant":
I am____________, (your full name); daughter of ______________; mother of __________ ; granddaughter of __________________________ and ________________________________. My family roots are from ____________(country) where my ancestors were _____________ . (livelihood).
3) MAKE A TOAST
Think of a favorite woman from another country, past or present. Introduce her to the circle, sharing what you like about and what you've learned from her. If you know her name, great. If not, that's alright too. Sometimes people leave footprints on our soul without being formally introduced. Ask everyone gathered to lift their glasses and toast when each person has shared. If the woman you spoke of is alive, make a commitment to connect with her in the week ahead. Be fearless if it's someone you don't know, and have admired from afar!
4) PLAY WITH AN ATLAS
5) OPEN A WINDOW
Open a window or a door. Look at the New Moon. The idea is to symbolically connect with the larger community through air and breath. Close the evening with a circle of gratitude. Start by giving thanks for a woman who's name starts with A then B, and so on until you reach Z. Then start again. Go around in yet another circle, giving thanks for each woman who is present, real or imaginary.
Finally, have each guest give thanks for one aspect that they love about themselves, and one thing they will do to share their open heart with the world.
Then, time to go home, home sweet home...