Part Five: Resonating
How do we know when we are living with authenticity and speaking our truth? Truth has a way of resonating through our whole being, making us feel in tune– like the strings of an instrument.
Being true to ourselves isn’t always easy. It takes gentle, devoted practice to develop a clear recognition of what resonates with us at the deepest level. Beyond the daily distractions and the intense emotional challenges, beyond the disagreements with others and fear that makes us doubt ourselves is the gentle hum of our own true self.
Resonance is expressive by nature. How we choose to express the energy (or song) of truth is as unique as we are, but giving that energy an outlet allows the sound of our authentic voice and our truest self to resonate into the world– and within our own ears–and to be acknowledged.
To find your authentic voice, first listen.
1. Get quiet. The first step to knowing the sound of your own truth is to become quiet enough to hear it. The world is a loud place. Distractions abound and we seldom make the time to just sit and pay attention to our inner experience. Especially in troubled times when we feel that we have to shout to be heard or when we feel unable to speak up for ourselves, it’s important to connect with ourselves through the act of compassionate listening. Make time to sit quietly with yourself– even if only for a few minutes each day. It’s also important to notice what you are “listening to” each day through reading, watching, surfing, etc. Make plenty of space for listening to voices that inspire you and to your loved and respected ones, and you will be better able to hear your own voice deep inside.
2. Recognize. Hearing our inner voice while we are quiet and undistracted is a much simpler task than trying to hear over the sound of life’s distractions and noise. Practice helps us to recognize what it is we are searching for– what it feels like, what it sounds like, what it means. Being able to recognize what is and is not true for us while we are in the midst of challenging situations and conversations with others can help us to stay calm, grounded, kind, and compassionate– with others and with ourselves– and can be a guiding compass as we navigate difficult relational terrains.
3. Express. Resonance is vibration. Vibration is expressive. We all need an outlet through which to release our personal truth and experience and let it ripple out into the world. Using our voice can take many forms: singing, writing, speaking, organizing, making art– there’s no wrong way to begin exploring what you have to say and how you wish to say it. Our personal expression helps us to claim our space in the world, to make our mark and to feel validated as worthy beings. Ask yourself how you love to express energy in the world, then open your throat and sing it out.
After you’ve read these few simple tips for listening and speaking with pure truth and resonance this month, try them out and let me know how they work for you!