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Observe: Re-Entry

I was just on vacation for a couple of weeks, camping with friends at a fairly large event. This morning, my Facebook feed has a pretty significant number of posts noting anxiety, dread, or general hesitation about returning to work today.

More than a few people actually had nightmares about potentially getting fired today last night. This got me thinking about belonging and our feelings of attachment to place. Especially the feeling that perhaps we are not missed when we are not present.

Today, I am inviting you to observe any discomfort you are having entering spaces whether you were there yesterday or, like me, have been away for a couple of weeks. Notice your breath and if it is fast and/or shallow try to slow it down. Observe your emotions but do not try to shame or change them. Just observe and try to create ease around the breath. Further notice if your level of comfort increases or decreases after each interaction. Can you use air and voice to reconnect and if not, what does that evoke for you?

Observation is not always comfortable. Still, this type of discomfort can be most enlightening as we build trust with our Vagus Nerve and through it, with our voices.

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

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