Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Power That Words Have: Strengthening Your Child's Inner Voice

"There is no greater pain than feeling you are not enough. 
Your child is enough, right now, just the way he is. And so are you." 
~ Vimala McClure, The Tao of Motherhood

What if we were truly mindful of the words we say
to ourselves and others?
Years ago, in a class I was taking, the subject of weakness came up. We were asked to stand in front of another person and hold our dominant arm out to the side of our body, parallel with the floor. 

Holding it firm, the other person would push down on it and see if they could make the arm drop. We were all able to hold our arms strong against the physical pressure. 

Then we were asked to think about what makes us feel weak. 

In recent years we have become familiar with the new view on the childhood rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me". We know that words can hurt. Words sting. Words have power. Words even kill. But what many don't acknowledge or realize is that it's the words we say to ourselves, that hold the most power. 

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent". Words themselves do not hold power. But when we believe those words, when we repeat them over and over, when we pass them on to others, words can have a devastating effect.
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