How much are you fear-mongered into being afraid to walk freely?

I read this article last week and it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders.  I knew I was scared but this made me feel like I don’t have to be.  If you’ve taken that safety-first fear too far like I have, read this article! 

http://www.professionelle.co.nz/our-themes/cast-out-fear

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Wise words from Danielle LaPorte – something I need to read more often.

You’re going to hurt someone.

You’re going to hurt other people.
Even though you don’t want to.
Even though you don’t mean to.
To no fault of your own.
You’re going to hurt someone.

We’re all bumping up against each other with our cravings and sensibilities,
reaching clumsily for fulfillment.
We bond and then unbind.
We stretch our arms to grab more life,
and we give someone a black eye.

Egos get hurt; vows are broken; fires doused.
Becoming whole leaves breakage.

Why does it help to know the inevitability of hurting someone?

It helps to know of this inevitability
so that you don’t retreat when you need to lift off,
so that you choose to leave the house of familiarity
for Morocco, or Broadway, or love.
Or the center of your Soul.

It helps to know how nature works when you are exploring wilderness.

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It’s articles like this that make me feel like it’s important to find your voice and not be afraid of it.  It starts young, we’re expected to behave in a way that if continued…will get us NOWHERE! 

It’s not a feminist movement, it’s honouring ourselves.  It’s not a I hate men stance at all, but how can I feel better about myself.  Must read.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/8364869/Why-don-t-women-brag

Gaslighting

Okay yes it’s been a while but I haven’t stumbled upon anything that really got my attention…until just now.

This is courtesy of galadarling.com and is fascinating.  I know this has happened to me my whole life, what about you?  This is written by a man and is really insightful to the way society has conditioned us to think and respond as women.

“It’s a whole lot easier to emotionally manipulate someone who has been conditioned by our society to accept it. We continue to burden women because they don’t refuse our burdens as easily. It’s the ultimate cowardice.”

For the full article see here.