Friday, March 23, 2018

Owning Your Truth

Today, I want to focus on something a bit more uncomfortable but is commonly experienced in one way or another. That is "Living Your Own Truth." We each have experienced some darkness in our lives whether the loss of a friendship or relationship, depression, mental illness, not being accepted or "good enough." 

You live your own truth and sometimes the one you can't change is motivated to change him or herself. It has to come from the innermost part of your being, your soul. You may have experienced trying to change yourself for someone else such as you looks, your weight. It rarely succeeds except on a temporary basis because you, in your gut, are not the one who desires the changed. Heck, it's hard enough to change when we are motivated internally to change.

Ultimately, the best way to change anyone is by living your own truth.
~~Katherine Ann Jones~~

The poet, Adrienne Rich said in this quote about words gone unspoken or that are unspeakable. I have some of those unspeakable words from being sexually abused as a child between 5-12. Day by day as I continue to heal, I am able to speak the unspeakable.

Adrienne Rich

“Whatever is unnamed, undepicted in images, whatever is omitted from biography, censored in collections of letters, whatever is misnamed as something else, made difficult-to-come-by, whatever is buried in the memory by the collapse of meaning under an inadequate or lying language - this will become, not merely unspoken, but unspeakable.”

 Adrienne RichOn Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate, professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta talks about unspoken things people turn in the use of poetry when they need a way to "speak the unspeakable."
"That's because poetry not only can celebrate our joys with us, but it can also mourn with us our losses," she says.
So in speaking the unspeakable, we also become one who knows self and walks in your truth.  Susan...