And what if she could be herself
And also be present
Her presence existing
In between worlds
And also of them at the same time
Without losing herself
©Ashley Castle Barnes
It’s a struggle at times to figure how to be fully present and embodied and also be our full selves.
It sounds like a contradiction, but so often the spaces we find ourselves in do not want our full selves present.
Full selves are messy, imperfect, and unapologetic.
Sometimes they roar and sometimes they whisper.
They don’t always show up in ways that are deemed appropriate for the space they’re in.
When we’re fully present but can’t be ourselves, it feels unaligned and uncomfortable.
And it’s so easy to lose connection to ourselves when we’re in that space.
Which is likely why so many of us choose to not be fully present much of the time.
It’s simply too painful.
Yet that’s not sustainable either.
So instead, let’s create more spaces where our full selves are welcome, in all their messiness and imperfection, their roars and their whispers.
And let’s make it safe for everyone to participate.
It’s not easy work. The status quo doesn’t give up easily.
But there are so many chipping away at it.
Demanding change. Being the change.
Being their full selves, even when it’s not deemed appropriate.
How are you showing up fully today?