- Relax. Maybe exercise first. Get out any excess energy. Sit in a relaxed yet alert posture. Close your eyes.
- Bring your awareness to the throat. Try to feel the center of the throat or even the front of the vertebrae of your neck. Take a few breaths and allow yourself to focus strictly on the center of the throat.
- Relax your face, jaw, neck, and throat. Imagine this whole area of the body becoming softer, more open. You may even feel some softening or warmth around the heart or third eye, but keep your awareness at the throat.
- Maintaining awareness of the throat, imagine the situation in which you most want to improve your communication, and notice how your throat feels. If this situation is stressful or emotional for you, you may feel tension coming back into the face, jaw, and throat. If this happens, go back and relax again. Then return to the visualization.
- Try to imagine and even feel what it would be like to communicate openly, honestly, and with confidence.
- Practice with compassion! Try not to judge yourself too harshly for whatever comes up. Beating yourself up never makes anything easier, and a little self-kindness can really make the learning process a joyful one. So if you feel fearful about speaking up, take the time to love that part of you that’s feeling the fear. Treated with love, even the fearful student can accomplish great things. 😉
I keep thinking I want to bring back this blog then chickening out because I kinda hate the internet. Sorry. Let me just dip my toe in and see if I can ease back into this…
Here is something I’ve been thinking about lately.
Truth. Duh. We are all thinking about truth, I hope.
When powerful people attempt to make you doubt all previously known sources of truth (i.e. discrediting the media and scientists), it becomes increasingly essential for each of us to be in touch with our own sense of Truth.
Sometimes Truth is very subtle or nuanced. Sometimes Truth is a kind of knowing that’s hard to verbally communicate. Each of us lives a different story and has a different perspective on Truth.
Yet, real Truth runs far deeper and extends far beyond the perceived differences between us. Truth is true no matter what. Truth is not subjective. Truth remains true whether you believe it or not. And truth remains true even when it is hidden.
How can we hold up Truth in a time when powerful people fear nothing more than Truth and wish to tear it down at every turn?
Meditate on Truth. Seek Truth in every moment, every experience, every emotion, every fact, every disagreement. Seek Truth in your own cognitive dissonance.
We are all fighting different battles, and that is how it should be. There are many battles to fight, and all of them are worthy.
Keep your eyes on Truth, and aim to align yourself with it — in action and in word, and even in your soul. Align your heart with Truth. Live Truth so you forget how to lie, how to be anything other than your true self.
Do not adopt someone else’s morals just because he sounds convincing. Use your own power of reasoning, and test what you must to distinguish the Truth. Discard all that is false, even in emotion. Look for truth in your happiness. And if you are brave, look also in your sadness. Look always to Truth, and urge your neighbor to look to her Truth. If her path doesn’t look like yours, still praise her on her way up the mountain.
Bad Advice Party:
Avoid being judged by
never telling anyone
who you really are.
Big words prove you are smart.
Never trust other women.
Cultural appropriation is cool.
You’re more fun drunk.
Never be the first to apologize.
What you feel right now is
It’s always personal
Just ignore what you don’t
want to deal with.
Laugh at all his stupid jokes
so he will like you.
The voice in your head is right.
Commentary: I had fun making this one. I used glitter nail polish on it. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
I’m doing my best to make my mistakes pretty.
Is it vain to say I’m doing my best to live a life worth writing about?
I am trying to write a perfectly balanced beautiful human story with my life.