last week, i had the amazing pleasure of gathering with Katie Elliot to talk about creating brave, empathic spaces. it reminded me that there are certain words we believe are universally understood, when in actuality we don’t even have an awareness of what we mean when we use them. we are using words assuming that the person receiving them has the same image and feelings associated with it as we do, not acknowledging that words can hold different meanings for each of us. what certain people feel to be safety, kindness, and comfort can be erasure, silencing, and threat for another. i've been told i wasn’t making folks feel safe when i was excitedly talking about a subject with my hand gestures. i've been told the volume of my voice makes others uncomfortable regardless of what i was talking about. their safety, kindness, comfort didn't leave space for mine because they felt different.
this use of words and language has shaped me. at my core, i navigate the world through the felt-knowing of words. i ask questions and listen deeply so that what your words contain as your truth come though, not my assumptions, not societies projections. words are the containers for our truth to either be emboldened, expressed, or minimized.
the embodiment of a word is what makes it alive in our living. the words that anchor our live ask us to explore a felt-knowing of the truth they need to express, your truth. this exploration of your anchors (or values) is key to being in integrity with what you care about, what makes life worth it for you within yourself.
it’s not enough to talk about it, you gotta be about it too. words live through your living of them.
which brings me to my inquiries for you, dear friend: what are the words that come to mind when you think about living fully? what is your felt-knowing of each of those words? if you scan your current life, are you living these words or simply speaking them?
let this lead you in discovery.
self-practice: jot down or talk about the words that come to mind when you think of living fully. re-read them or have someone reflect back to you what they hear. can you feel them in your body? what do you notice about how these words are real or missing from your present life? feel free to respond and share with me what comes up!
"I am walking away with a renewed awareness of how facilitators can go beyond just sharing content and conveying ideas—boring! Facilitating in this dynamic way deeply honors relationship and prioritizes authentic learning in community.”
Authentic and Impactful Speaking is a workshop that is close to my heart. it inhales life into the possibility that you can have a felt-sense of connection and dynamic presence regardless of who or what you are speaking/ presenting about. i have finally decided to offer it on a public stage so that you & yours can benefit. we'll dive into how to cultivate synergy between you, your audience, & your content, leaving you with practices to integrate on your own.
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it's possible to present with a felt-sense of confidence and groundedness. it's possible to naturally connect to your content and your audience in a dynamic way. does this feel like a possibility you want to live in? let's take a deeper look together on how to make this true for your speaking, presenting, and facilitating sessions!
now booking for May and welcoming you if you want this to be true for you!
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- Brionna Ned rescheduled the third part of her series“A Date With Death: The Old Me"to May 2nd. so if you couldn't attend before, you got a second chance to show up & throw her all ya coins *respectfully*. #purebrilliance
"Standard English… is the language of conquest and domination; in the United States, it is the mask which hides the loss of so many tongues, all those sounds of diverse, native communities we will never hear...we create the ruptured, broken, unruly speech of the vernacular... There, in that location, we make English do what we want it to do. We take the oppressor’s language and turn it against itself. We make our words a counter-hegemonic speech, liberating ourselves in language.” -bell hooks taught me. & more here.