The power of words is often held in the tone we use to deliver them. The emotional quality and energy behind the words we use is truly what shapes our relationships with others and with ourselves. Word choice is still essential. How we choose to string otherwise innocent words together has a say in reality, as we experience it.
“Words. So powerful. They can crush a heart, or heal it. They can shame a soul, or liberate it. They can shatter dreams, or energize them. They can obstruct connection, or invite it. They can create defenses, or melt them. We have to use words wisely.” — Jeff Brown
Of course, I believe that the energy fuelling the words we choose plays a leading role in the effect those words have on the world around us (and within). However, word choice itself (diction) has a profound impact on our experiences — how we influence others and how we ourselves experience the world around us.
The words we choose and the way we employ them together can hurt or heal, destroy or build, shame or liberate, isolate or unite, spread fear or hope.
Last week I wrote about the therapeutic power of writing and felt the need to explore the impact of words in general — the words we speak to others and to ourselves, the ones we use consistently, the ones we build our lives with.
This is how we must choose our words: mindfully, with care. Without intentionality behind our words, they become yet another way we fail to communicate our true power to control how we experience our experiences.“Remember your words can plant gardens or burn whole forests down.” — Gemma Troy #mindfulness tell a friend
The Power of Words Rests in Our Hearts
When building your home, wouldn’t you choose the best possible materials with which to construct a safe space where you and your family could live, for years and years? Would you not give adequate thought to this project?
The strength, beauty, and functionality of your home depend very much upon the materials used to build it.
Think of the words and phrases you use on a daily basis. You might even sit down with a sheet of paper, or carry a small notebook around with you, jotting down the things you repeatedly think and express and how they make you feel. Consider everything that makes it to this list as materials for the home you’re building: your reality, your life.
Here are a few phrases that might come up, which you might want to consider:
- Do you “not have enough time” for something, or is it “not a priority”?
- What if you replaced the word “time” with “space”? See how that feels.
- Try trading the word “hustle” with “heart,” the word “grind” with “flow,” and the word “hack” with “harmony.” I bet your work would feel different.
What do you think and speak often? How does it make you feel? How does it impact your experiences and relationships? What could you swap it out for, if it doesn’t resonate with the reality you want to contribute to?
Word choice can make a world of difference in how our lives play out, from the inside out. This is why I’m such a big believer in using mindful affirmations: they guide us in the direction we want to go, toward hope and joy and meaning.
The power of words is found within before it’s ever expressed outwardly. You are the ultimate shepherd of your thoughts and your words, just as you are the one who infuses meaning into the words you give and receive. Infused with purposeful energy, your words become even more powerful in the world. They build (or destroy) with ferocity.“Handle them carefully, for words can have more power than atom bombs.” — Pearl Strachan Hurd #wordsmatter tell a friend
Choosing Your Words with Conscious Care Takes Courage
It takes a whole lot of compassion to sit with yourself (metaphorically and literally) to identify how present you’ve been in building your home (your life), probably more than is obvious. It requires taking responsibility for what you can control when it’s easier to stroll through life unaware, uncaring.
Placing careful consideration on your habitual nature isn’t easy. It’s courageous.
Deciding to bring more intention to what you’re thinking, speaking, and empowering through word choice isn’t an event. It doesn’t happen overnight or in one week. It’s something you’d need to pay attention to on a daily basis, in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
That takes patience, great awareness, and certainly courage.
Courage because it’s not comfortable for humans to place awareness on their habits, especially those that don’t serve the greater good. Courage because it’s just so much easier to move through life not considering how powerful you can be in guiding your reality.
How you experience your experiences is your masterpiece alone. Take responsibility for your reality. Let your words and feelings guide you. You have that power. You can have that freedom.“Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.” @DeepakChopra #wordsmatter inspire a friend
Which words would you like to get rid of, and which would serve you better in their place?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!