Make better use of the gift we all have in order to improve our lives

It’s so important for us to learn how to use our voice, not only in how I talk about it here, but in our everyday situations, and relationships in order to have more honest, authentic conversations expressing our understanding, feelings and truth, without harming others.

Communication has become both easier and more complicated because of technology and social media, and it often loses tone, context and/or meaning when not spoken. And especially with social media and podcasts, the noise of so many voices, when gone unchecked and unbalanced, can block us from hearing our own internal voice so that we can tune into what we need, want or think at any given moment, not what has overtly or subconsciously seeped into our consciousness.

There are also so many issues and current events that require more people to be brave and speak out, but the phenomena of cancel culture coupled with extreme censorship make it even more intimidating to do so, especially if an opinion or perspective is, or is perceived to be, out of the mainstream or offensive to others. But we need to learn how to hear all voices without shutting each other down.

Another use of your voice is therapeutically, to help ground you and process any emotions or energetic static within or around you. Simply allowing your breath to move through your body and out through your vocal chords to make all sorts of sounds, tones, hums, and/or exaggerated versions of vowels can help release stress, frustration, sadness, grief and/or anxiety just as much as, or even more than, a Xanax or a run. It’s easy, feels good and has no side effects — try it, you’ll like it!

For more inspiration, check out this full-length talk on being authentic (it’s not great video quality, so think of it more like listening to a podcast ;) and this Instagram post is some oms you can om along with and feel the calming effect on your nervous system

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Kristina Leonardi is a nationally recognized career and life coach, speaker and author who for over 14 years has empowered individuals to make lasting professional and personal changes aligned with their true passions and talents while fulfilling their role in the world at large.With a holistic and personal growth-oriented approach, she has helped hundreds of men and women over the past decade improve their job performance, enter or re-enter the job force, change careers, better manage their time and stress, and live happier, more meaningful, balanced lives. Her specialty is working with people who feel stuck or are in transition and can help you clarify exactly what you want to do, identify blocks, issues, and patterns in your way, and offer proven ideas, resources, and action steps to get you there.

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