Finding Your Voice
Hello everyone, today I’m going to be talking about finding your voice.
This is another one of those posts that I’m going to start by telling you how much I love Twitter. It’s true, I’m an addict and the reason is the amazing people I’ve met on there. One person I’ve been fortunate enough to befriend on Twitter is Becky O’Haire aka @CuddleFairy.
Becky is one of those people who you can always turn to when you’re feeling a bit low. She’ s a real glass half full type of person. Becky loves to spead happiness and positivity and to aid this runs a weekly Twitter chat called #PositivityCorner. This is somewhere people share positive thoughts, stories and quotes. It’s a great place to hang out on a Monday evening.
Not content with spreading positivity to our little corner of the twitterverse, Becky also runs online courses that help people to become more positive. I was really happy when Becky picked me to review her latest online course Finding Your Voice.
Finding Your Voice
I have to admit I was a bit intrigued when I saw the title of this course. Finding your voice sounds rather like something a motivational speaker might need. However it actually relates to our inner voice.
Many people in life can find they lose themselves over time. Life takes over and people forget who they really are. When I developed anxiety and subsequently stopped working full-time I felt I lost connection with the real me. The aim of the finding your voice course is to help people reconnect with their inner selves.
The course is divided into 4 weekly lessons, although there is no set timescale for completing it. So people can take more or less time to complete lessons, depending on their own particular needs and expectations of the course.
Week 1 – Recognising and connecting with the essential you.
Week one sets the foundation for the rest of the course. Meditation is used as one of the tools for the course. Over the years I’ve done several sessions or courses that require meditation and to be honest I’m crap at it.
I’m told to picture a candle, see the candle in my mind and focus on the flame. I’m looking at the flame…. and oh what’s that….. suddenly my inner eye has forgotten the flame and is writing out the weekends shopping list.
Therefore I wasn’t expecting this part of the course to go well, but Becky has anticipated the general difficulty people have with meditation ans has instead created a fantastic video that had calming scenes, beautiful music and on-screen affirmations that help you relax without losing focus. The meditation video is something people are encouraged to watch every day.
This is a small clip of the meditation video. The full video is 4 minutes long.
I won’t go into too much detail about the content of the first week, but one thing really stood out as a lightbulb moment. A simple sentence ‘We are not our thoughts’. As someone who spends way too much time in her head with her thoughts, the idea that I am more than the contents of my thoughts was strange and quite liberating.
Week 2 – Removing baggage
The second week was focussed on fears and guilt and other things that restrict our lives. The emphasis being that these are often things people create for themselves via their thoughts. So by understanding and being more in control of reactions to their thoughts, people can begin to be less controlled by fears and guilt.
There is also a big section on forgiveness. Now it’s no secret among my family and close friends that I can hold a grudge for forever. I am slow to anger, but if people do piss me off, I dont forget. And of course there are people in my life who have caused real harm to me.
Therefore the subject of forgiveness is one I find quite difficult. There were tasks in week 2 that involves forgiving yourself and forgiving others. I must confess I didn’t do too well with these. But something that’s emphasised in the course is you’re not expected to get it all in just 4 weeks. Rather, these are tools that you can keep coming back to.
Week 3 – Quieting the mind
Week 3 was an easier one for me. It focused on finding peace at times when things are busy or you’re finding things particularly stressful. There were lots of helpful tips this week on finding calm and connecting back with yourself.
Week 4 – Happiness in the Now
Week 4 sort of pulled everything I learnt in the previous 3 weeks together. The emphasis was on living in the present, and being present in everything you do. So for example when a person is out with family they give what they’re doing their full attention rather than mentally writing that shopping list, fretting about the meeting at work next week, or reliving an argument they had 3 years ago (with the witty comebacks that never get used in real arguments).
For me this is one of the things that I will continue to work on. As an anxious person I tend to live a lot of my time fretting and planning for things that may happen in the future. Living in the now is hard, but I can and will keep referring back to the finding your voice course materials to help keep me on track.
The finding your voice course costs €39 (which works out at just over £33). That works out at less than cost of an average night out. The benefits of taking the course for me however will last a lot longer than a night out.
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I was gifted the course to try for free, but all opinions given are my own.