Lately I have been thinking about the power of the voice.
I have long understood the healing power of using your voice, of sharing something and being heard, and how much transformation and healing can take place in that exchange. The trick for me has been unearthing it from years of shyness. I used to speak even more quietly than I do now... and it wasn't until a combination of being in Grad School and also doing the Healer Training (and the breathwork) that I really was forced to be more open with my voice. I had to speak up for myself, to speak my mind and my truth. And it has been so transforming for me in how I value myself by how I use my voice! And not being afraid to use it, and speak up, with out judgment of what I have to say. I think it is so important to trust that what we all have to say needs to be heard.
Thanks to a friend, I have been going to Ecstatic Kirtan Chanting (this is a kind of chanting where it gets faster and faster each repetition = fun) whenever I can. I will be the first to admit that I am pretty much tone def, and am an awful singer, and yet, I love to sing! And for someone like me, chanting (it's really more like singing) in a room of 40 people is perfect! Because I can sing at the top of my lungs but no one can hear me (thankfully for them), haha! It is one of my favorite things to do, and is so much fun. I was at an event over the weekend, sitting there, singing one of my favorite chants, and I put my hands over my heart and felt the vibration of my voice moving through my body, as I was singing as loud as I could. And it hit me! That my body was feeling what I was saying (singing). For me this was such a powerful idea, that the sound of my voice was being felt by my body. It deepened my understanding of the power and impact of the voice, and really made me think about how I use it now, and what I say, knowing it has a more profound effect on everything.