useyourwords

Year 3 of motherhood has been a beautiful exploration of independence, socialization and emotions – for both of us! As Jax has gained more words, I’ve heard myself parroting other mothers (and Daniel Tiger) to ask him to use them. At some point, however, I realized that I’ve been asking him to use vocabulary that was not yet his own. I understood that to expand his vocabulary, I have to leave the space for him to play with words. We now talk about different ways to describe frustration, anger, sadness, fear and of course, joy and happiness too! A beautiful dialogue has emerged and I am consistently surprised with his unique perspective regarding his feelings. It’s awesome! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The curiosity for how these childhood lessons affect the movement studio has inspired me to more intentionally consider the way I’m thinking about my words as well as the words of my clients. The parallels are almost comical in a face-palm sort of way. The most obvious lesson being: If I want my clients to be able to hold dialogue about their body’s movement, I have create the space to play with words, beyond what popular culture has given them. I have to be curious about what they think, avoid dictating these thoughts, and at times, offer an expansion of vocabulary from which they can choose. I am consistently surprised with their unique perspectives and it’s really awesome! ⠀⠀
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Regardless of the lesson I may be exploring, one truth always remains: I teach what I have to learn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I’ve started to examine my internal dialogue regarding feelings, movement and life, and have realized that I can be pretty hard on myself. My work now is to expand my vocabulary beyond weak/strong, functional/dysfunctional, hiccup/injury. I find that if I can use my words in a way that speaks to the power of my own body, I actually have some nice things to say. Today, I consistently surprise myself with new perspectives and that is possibly the most awesome discovery of all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The takeaway? Taking the time to expand your vocabulary will offer you surprising perspectives. xoxo

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