Speak Your Truth, Share Your Voice, Express Yourself!
I agree, we need you and your message, more than anything right now. We need positive change.
But what if YOU don’t know exactly what YOU want to say?
You know you are passionate about all sort of things, motivated to serve, to give and to share but it all feels like a bit of a swirling mess and you can’t quite put your finger on what YOUR voice is being called to speak about exactly.
Gail Larsen, one of the talented experts on public speaking calls our message our “original medicine.” In her book, Transformational Speaking, she explains that many indigenous cultures believe that we all have a unique message and gift that needs to be shared. She suggests that if you are struggling to define that message that you envision yourself in your coffin and imagine what your last words would be.
This coffin idea stopped me – mid sentence. It scared me. Desperation began to creep up my spine, I could see myself screaming –
Save the children!
Save the whales!
Save the earth!
I put the book down, and took a deep yogi style breath and then, I knew my answer.
In my coffin or on my deathbed, I’d ask you to PLAY.
I’d ask you to think about the last time you spent time playing? The kind of non-structured, no purpose, for no good reason kind of play with no outcome or result expected or required. Period.
Why exactly would the world need you to play when there are so many serious crises and causes that need your attention?
Stay with me.
My inner artist and yogi would invite you to just love being in a body, your body specifically and I’d ask you to make stuff, you know, like craft time in kindergarten.
I’d ask you to try yoga or to go dancing, swimming, hiking or go jump on your neighbour’s trampoline, (you know you want to). I’d ask to put down the timers, the measuring tapes, the scales and stop taking it all so seriously.
Your body is not your life’s work. It is an expression of your truth for sure, but ask yourself this, are you operating from love or fear?
Your beautiful, life giving, supportive home, a.k.a your body doesn’t need a drill sergeant, it doesn’t want you to whip it into shape, to deprive it, to push it to the pain threshold and to submit to your will.
It desires movement. Your body asks you to take care of it and to treat it like you would your best friend. It wants to feel joy with you, it wants to eat leftover birthday cake for breakfast, it wants to stay up way too late dancing, it wants to skip the regime today and sleep in. Your body loves to celebrate and to play!
Your body is child like in nature and will take delight in the simplest experiences but it is also wise beyond measure. It holds ancient messages that have been buried deep by our obsessions of superficial beauty, perfection and agelessness.
Your body is your home and within resides its soul mate, your imagination. The doorway inwards awaits you and play is the key.
Inside you will discover your message, your calling and that inner truth that everyone is talking about.
Let me explain…
Creative play, making a mess, being at ease with imperfection, letting the brain rest, and being in your body will help you enjoy the present moment and be fully engaged in now. Time away from productivity and efficiency will reveal what you deeply care about. You will discover what motivates you and playfulness will guide you beyond all the grown up reasons why not.
Play is freedom.
And in this state of freedom, trust me, you will start to hear your calling loud and clear. You will feel in it in your body, you will dream of it and ideas and words will start to form.
Play will introduce you to yourself if you take the time to listen.
With a playful spirit you can overcome all the I can’ts, someone else will, that’s a stupid idea, I’m scared to speak out, step up…
We need you.
Sorry, I know it is scary but we need you to dive deep, figure it out (make mistakes on the way) and share.
Creativity will guide you in. Through this deep connection with yourself, you will be motivated to create life-affirming positive changes.
We need that – let me be clear – we need life-affirming positive change, in short, we need you now.
Once you start feeling it, it will take courage to share because it might feel a little rough around the edges, not quite crystal clear. Share anyways because through the sharing, your message and your gift will gain momentum and clarity.
Even if you know your message, play will help you refine it and play will continue to be a source of inspiration, providing you new ways to share and serve.
Your message is already there waiting for you. Enjoy the journey, my friend, I can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say.
And now you’ve had a bit of my medicine (no coffin required).