One of the mantras or reminders I’ve been practicing over the last several months is “stay in your own lane”.
This can mean different things for different people. For me, it’s a reminder to not worry about what or how other people are showing up in the world. A refocusing on my truth, my work and the beautiful connections I get to experience with all of you.
It’s a reminder of who I am, who I am not, and who I aspire to be as I journey through this life… as a woman, partner, mother, survivor, leader, and movement creator.
Like many things, there are times this is much easier than others.
One of the lasting (periodic) struggles I continue to experience as a result of my childhood is doubting my feelings. Not trusting that the way I feel about something is reasonable. Maybe I'm over reacting.
This mostly shows up in some aspect of my work. Well, not really my work, at least not with clients. It’s more about my feelings on a macro or community/global level.
Then, usually through a conversation with an authentic, beautiful soul (an incredible friend or an interaction with a member of my tribe) I'm able to accept my feelings as I'm reminded of my roots as a Social Worker and advocate.
My yoga practice today was focused on the throat chakra... connecting with and freeing your voice.
I recognize that my voice as an advocate for survivors has been pushed to the side… by me.
I talk all the time about speaking up and out. About pushing through the vulnerability of your voice shaking so you can connect more to your truth.
You know the saying, “Dr heal thyself”? While I very openly speak about all types of things, my advocacy voice has been hiding. It’s time for me to take my own advice and, through the uncertainty, speak up and out.
In what way have you been silencing yourself? What has your soul been asking to be shared? What keeps you from speaking your truth (whatever that may be)?
Take this as an opportunity to practice using your voice. I’ll be right there with you. <3