Truth and communication

Have you ever been in a conversation and wondered if you and the other people around the table were even talking about the same thing? I have been in several of those recently.

It's confusing and I ask myself, "what's happening?"

Then I think to myself, "wait... wait a minute." I settle into my body and feel into my truth.

I experienced it just this week in a meeting. The frustration was building inside of me. I felt it and took a moment to check in with myself. The truth at that moment was we weren't talking about the same thing, but we thought we were. I recognized the miscommunication that was leading to misunderstandings.

I could see it happening in the room. It was like watching a tennis match and the players didn't know the rules.

Imagine a game of tennis. Each player serves the ball to the other player. Neither player intends to hit the ball back though. The receiving player lets the ball pass by, then they serve. Neither player makes a connection because they are more interested in their own serve.

Nobody was connecting and it was inevitably going to lead to misunderstandings if we didn't start hitting the ball back.

Truth be told, I don't think we ever really connected in that meeting. We tried but we just couldn't seem to get the other side to return our serve. My colleague and I walked away feeling frustrated.

I reflected a bit after that and noticed I was agitated. I felt it in my body and my thoughts. The last thing I wanted was to feel that way for the rest of the day (this was a morning meeting), so I created space to process the experience.

My work after the meeting was to feel the emotions but don't hang onto them. Let them go.

Easier said than done, that's for sure. But it can be done with practice.

Then I can move into the truth. In the yoga tradition, we call that Satya.

I recognized there was a deep truth for me that needed attention. I didn't feel heard and there wasn't really any interest in the ideas I was bringing to the table.

Why? I don't know. I could make up a million reasons and none of them would be right. I had to let that go too.

I remembered that I do bring value. I am capable. And that all of my ideas might not be awesome but they are worth considering just as I consider ideas brought to me.

My truth is to be curious, open, and kind to the best of my ability. I'm human so I'll fall down but I will get back up with humility and an apology.

I share this story because I believe we all find ourselves in situations where we question ourselves and our truth. It happens. And when it does, when you get that feeling like something just doesn't feel right, listen. Don't ignore it.

Give that feeling some space to allow your truth to bubble up to the surface. It's there within you. It's there to guide you.

In wellness,


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