Expression… a huge topic, yet one worthy of our exploration in a world where so much is expressed that is anything but harmonious and true. Online abuse is rife, normalised even… harsh words are said all too frequently between those who claim to love and/or care for one another…
Many of us feel held back, restricted, and lacking confidence in saying and expressing our natural selves with each other. Others exude a false bravado and confidence that is not authentic either. However, what if there is a well-spring within us all of expression that is at once truthful, joyful, and deeply connects with and holds those around us? What if we can get in touch with ourselves in a way that fosters and supports such expression – whether by our spoken word, and/or by our gestures, our movements and all that a posture or glance can say (often more than 1,000 words)?
Coming back to a foundational and honest relationship with ourselves is key to opening the doors to a way of expressing that is true.
Coming back to a foundational and honest relationship with ourselves is key to opening the doors to a way of expressing that is true. A way that allows ‘all of us’ (our whole body and being) to connect and communicate with others without holding back, and a way that, by virtue of a strong inner-connection, honours all equally so, holding none as ‘more’ or as ‘less’. There is not, nor need be, any perfection in this (are we not our own worst critics when we struggle for the words to say?), but rather, an inward commitment to accessing the riches within. It becomes about our willingness to share ourselves openly with others – and, to let go of that which we ourselves may have placed in the way of this.
This is no ‘small stuff’ – yet without an honest self-relationship we hold ourselves back from the wellspring of awareness that allows us to understand and deeply appreciate, just what is ‘going on’ for us in our relating with others.
Being present with our own body – consciously connected with how it feels, how we move, and any task we are engaged in – is what holds us.
Our bodies naturally play an essential role in this foundational relationship with ourselves. Being present with our own body – consciously connected with how it feels, how we move, and any task we are engaged in – is what holds us. For if our bodies are in one place, and our thoughts are in another, we are disabled from connecting to what is there within. An open and unhindered expression becomes difficult, with the opportunity for ‘all of us’ to express – the whole of our body and being – simply unable to be.
True confidence in our expression in life stems from this relationship. It is not something that can be donned or contrived from an outer source.
Our care, our love and connection… our innate respect for others, truthfulness and wisdom, simply await our willingness to open the doors to letting them out, and those around us ‘in’. And so, the question becomes… What are we waiting for – in a world where we cannot deny that such openness and richness of connection through our every expression is severely lacking, and that we ourselves are all the greater when we bring it?
By Victoria Warburton