For many years, my ritual before delivering presentations was to spend ten minutes in the bathroom stall doing breathing exercises, listening to epic orchestral music, shadowboxing my imaginary opponent and running creative visualizations inside my head about my ideal outcome.
It was invigorating as hell. The centering sequence pumped me up for my show and helped created the necessary energy and momentum to operate at peak level.
Over time, though, my ritual reached a point of diminishing returns. It was nice, but no longer necessary for me to do my job well. It was the rusty old armor that I didn’t need anymore.
Turns out, there is world where we don’t need all of the weapons we grew up thinking we needed.
We don’t need to micromanage every moment because we trust that the universe isn’t going to engulf us.
We don’t longer need to drain everything of its power to affect us because we know our boundaries are rock solid.
We don’t need to obsessively steel ourselves before every performance because we have faith that our foundation is stable enough to handle whatever arises.
Tippett put it best in a recent interview:
When we ramp up less, we become more porous. We let more in.
How might you be shielding yourself from the sharp edges of reality? Where might you be building a protective fence around a nervous core?
It’s one of the many paradoxes of being. Once we let down the walls that separate us from those around us, we allow more and more truths to permeate our defensive armor, and grow even stronger.
Perhaps it’s time to strip away your insulation.
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Once you earn your own trust, how will that affect the places where you build armor?
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