Letting Go of Asking for Permission

April 23, 2015 8:27 PM

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I caught the words as they were coming out of my mouth. I found myself apologizing for being too much or too little. I was in a new relationship and a self consciousness had risen in me that pushed and pulled on me until I felt the pressure to trim myself down to size before someone else could. I was caught in the pattern of trying to explain myself and asking for permission to take up space.

As many women know, this is not an uncommon experience. We didn't make this up. I'm sure, as I do, that you have examples of teachers, bosses, family members, lovers, and institutions that made it very clear that you had to ask for permission to be yourself. If you expressed your voice, danced, sang...

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