Celebrating Maya Angelou: 5 Self-Love Lessons I Learned from the Phenomenal Woman (Audio)

Celebrating Maya Angelou: 5 Self-Love Lessons I Learned from the Phenomenal Woman (Audio)

By | 2014-09-22T21:24:00+00:00 June 5th, 2014|

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Last weekend I was a speaker at the launch of Project V, Inc. , an organization created by Davisha Davis to reinforce positive self-esteem and foster media literacy among young women. When I was preparing my speech, it only seemed natural to share life lessons that I learned from Dr. Maya Angelou.

We all know that Dr. Angelou was a Phenom, but she was also a Sacred Bombshell. A Sacred Bombshell is a woman who owns herself, mind-body-spirit. Dr. Maya’s name appears many times in my new book, The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love. In fact, the book opens with a quote from the superwoman:

“Does it come as a surprise / That I dance like I’ve got diamonds / At the meeting of my thighs?” -MA

The poet laureate has been one of the greatest teachers of self-compassion and unconditional self-love our our time. Please allow me to share a few lessons that I learned from the woman born Marguerite Johnson.

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Phenomenal Woman
BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

About the Author:

Hi there! I'm the Midwife for Your Inspired Life, your personal self-worth coach, and a spiritual teacher. I empower women (and by proxy, enlightened men) to live their big, bold dreams by tapping into the power of self-love. My job is to help YOU become who you were born to be. You are a Sacred Bombshell; Hear Us Roar!

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