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All communication begins as an impulse.
A need becomes a thought and leads to the action. The impulse to use the voice is easy, the execution is sometimes hard.
Humans are excellent at impulse control (at least when it comes to healthy impulses). We suppress our feelings, our words, and our thoughts until we are a carefully edited version of ourselves. We maintain this facade by cultivating stillness and suppressing breath. It is the perfect storm for fatigue, ennui, and general malaise. It makes us feel sick and tired.
Intention can trigger impulse and lead to specific action. If we set an intention to breathe fully, we start to connect with ourselves and the world around us. The body is better oxygenated and feels more energetic. We listen more and as a result, voicing starts to look more attractive. The action of voicing brings us into a more authentic self which in turn creates more truthful impulses to more effective actions.
So, this Monday morning, I invite you to set an intention, maybe pick one or more from this list.
- Consciously breathe.
- Expand and move your body.
- Say what needs to be said.
- Sing something, full volume.
Let intention direct you and see what you find. Enjoy the journey.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com