What was that – that just came out of my mouth?!
Daring to live out loud is all about having the courage to speak from the authentic, truthful voice within – SCARY!
I sometimes find myself answering questions the way I think other people want them answered, so that I won’t risk being rejected; or I make sure that I am being politically correct in order that I do not offend anyone; or sometimes I hear myself sounding like an echo of my parents’ voices; and the list goes on. Am I even thinking before I speak, or just shooting words out of my mouth automatically? Am I listening to reply or am I listening to understand?
Daring to speak out loud is huge, especially for those of us who have suffered some negative consequences for doing so in the past . Many times my mouth would often engage before my brain and trouble soon followed, thus making my childhood a nightmare. Having to learn the hard way to censor my opinions was quite the challenge! I have since spent the rest of my life working on getting my original voice back with, hopefully, a little wisdom behind it.
One of my teachers helped me to learn about moving beyond the attachment to the outcome of what other people think. Now I work on giving myself permission to speak out loud without sacrificing my integrity. Working on knowing the right time to speak, i.e. waiting until someone asks my opinion, or ask them if it is alright to share it has been a big challenge! I certainly cannot say that I have perfected it. My first reaction is to shut my mouth due to the fear of offending someone. With a deep breath I open my mouth and respond with what has heart and meaning to me. Sometimes people like it and sometimes they don’t and that is OK. I certainly feel better, because I gave myself a voice that was honest for me, without intending to harm another. If someone gets hurt in the process, that is on them, because that was never my intent. I also have to be willing to have them not like it, and not be offended if they don’t! We can agree to disagree and that’s OK.
This is a topic that needs further discussion, and you can email myself or Chuck with any questions you might have about it. Until then cradle yourself by placing one hand over your heart, another over your relaxed navel, feel your energy getting tucked inside yourself, drop your tongue off the roof of your mouth to cut the stress level in half. Your authentic voice will bubble up, if it is meant to at that time.
Dare to be Audacious by being Authentic!! You are Original Medicine nowhere duplicated on the planet!
Many blessings on your journey.