If 15 months have flown by since I last posted, then it's time for me to more fully embrace every moment of every day of my life hereon in.
I've just completed a 5 Day Video Challenge in an online Woman's Dharma group, facilitated with much care and compassion by the wonderful, Ann Manatt who is dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs launch their online businesses.
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Our challenge was really a 7 day one.
Though it was very time consuming, and often kept me awake at night, I somehow found the energy to keep going. Was it because after each video a sense of achievement was felt, thereby being an impetus to go onto the next challenge? Perhaps so. In a way it felt like group therapy. I'd experienced sisterhood in an online Sadhana group, and in womens' circles, but the actual doing of something tangible, of creating content in this group, took us one step further. Speaking and recording ourselves in front of an inanimate object - our phone or laptop camera - was foreign to many of us. It highlighted our lack of confidence in public speaking. It brought up feelings for some of not being 'good enough' to have a voice.
To be heard.
Or even seen.
Sharing our fears and speaking them, takes away their power, said Ann.
We were able to witness each other's videos, gather tips and insights into their lives and struggles which were quite similar. Most of us experienced childhoods where we were not heard, many not valued or allowed to have a voice. And much more.
This safe and confidential space gave us permission to share our authentic selves knowing we wouldn't be judged, but affirmed and encouraged. We offered and received support to each other, with presence and compassion. In 5 days I met some wonderful women from all over the world, and I'm so happy and blessed to have made these connections.
I also learned many technical tips that will stay with me, thank you Ann.
I don't know what's next - if I'll make more videos or build on this learning - but the growth and joy has been so worthwhile.