I read and write for the same reason. Both trigger a process that impacts me physically, mentally and spiritually. When I read or write for work I’m highly analytical: Dissecting each word for any number of obvious and hidden meanings, assessing how they might impact the person receiving them. While reading or writing for pleasure I try very hard to not analyze each word. Rather, I seek to think freely: Noting how the overall essence of the words affect me. Do they make me smile? Wonder? Reflect? Feel happier or sad? The words are like a gift.
I know words hold untold meanings, triggering countless perspectives and perceptions for each of us. I’ve made a living for decades analyzing their impact.
While reading words might jolt your spirit towards a new level of self-awareness, aim to read or write for feeling. Finding the truth in the words for you. No analysis is necessary, the feeling the words inspire is enough. Observe their impact. Reread passages as often as necessary to hold the words that reach your heart.
Doing this helps me to become aware of my words and their impact on others. Focusing on the feeling of the words helps me to choose them more carefully when speaking with those I love. Sometimes words are necessary. Sometimes quietly exploring the feeling is enough.
Yet, when we speak, it is important that those words are clear: Understanding the feelings they may trigger, knowing that choosing them carefully when necessary is of utmost importance.
Silver Disobedience® philosophy believes all healthy relationships begin with self-awareness. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience ✨ I am a Perception Analyst and I wrote The Silver Disobedience Playbook. Here, I share my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People. More info in my bio, my websites and at Wilhelmina New York.