Standing there, experimenting with finding my voice, I started thinking about the parallels between finding my singing or speaking voice and finding my symbolic or metaphorical voice. The physical voice flows from a connection between breath and vocal chords. The metaphorical voice is a unique relationship between a person's values and vision and how they are expressed in action. When I "find my voice," I find my sense of purpose. I know what I'm about and express myself with much more ease. When I lose my voice, I can find it again in ways similar to the process I use to regain my singing voice:
- I don't push. Obstacles are a signal to lessen the pressure, dig deeper, and reconnect with what is important.
- I breathe deeply and speak from center. When I speak from center, both my literal and figurative voices are strong, clear, and more easily heard.
- I practice. Losing my voice is signal for me to stop, look, and practice finding it again. Gradually I get clear on what "my voice" sounds and feels like, and I'm able to regain it more easily.