Words Have Weight

>Words carry energy and this gives language its power and its potential to
>heal or hurt. Most of us can remember a time that someone sent a word our
>way, and it stuck with us. It may have been the first time we received a
>truly accurate compliment, or the time a friend or sibling called us a
>name, but either way it stuck. This experience reminds us that what we say
>has weight and power and that being conscious means being aware of how we
>use words.
>The more conscious we become, the more we deepen our relationship to the
>words we use so that we speak from a place of actually feeling what we are
>saying. We begin to recognize that words are not abstract, disconnected
>entities used only to convey meaning; they are powerful transmitters of
>feeling. For the next few days, you might want to practice noticing how the
>words you say and hear affect your body and your emotional state. Notice
>how the different communication styles of the people in your life make you
>feel. Also, watch closely to see how your own words come out and what
>affect they have on the people around you.
>You may notice that when we speak quickly, without thinking, or rush to get
>our ideas across, our words don’t carry the same power as when we speak
>slowly and confidently, allowing those receiving our words time and space
>to take them in. When we carefully listen to others before we speak, our
>words have more integrity, and when we take time to center ourselves before
>speaking, we truly begin to harness the power of speech. Then our words can
>be intelligent messengers of healing and light, transmitting deep and
>positive feelings to those who receive them.