BBN: Being Brave

Hi There:

I have two great stories to share with you:

Have you ever felt so alone and too afraid to try something new? Even though you are itching to do it? Have you ever felt worried that going to an event alone would make you look bad or fear people would judge you?

My friend Rose (name changed) was born in a man’s body, however, she feels more like a woman. Within the last year, she decided to completely make the change over to becoming a female. She changed her name legally and is slowly changing her sex. Some of us (in general) are scared to go to a movie alone. We are scared of being who we really are. And yet Rose is celebrating this gender change with 200 of her closest friends (in a debutant-like ball) while she eats French food and performs dance. She is celebrating her life and existence.

The other story: I met a woman at a party last weekend who is terrified of being alive. She told me to get off of Facebook, stop using twitter, better not to go out by myself (Do I want to get stalked?), and not to buy anything online (Do I want big brother watching my every move?). She told me to change my email addresses and never use my last name in public. She wouldn’t tell me her last name. This woman is so afraid to connect and be alive that she cannot be herself in any way. Don’t you get anxiety just reading this?

How can anyone be expressive and creative if they’re forcing themselves into a cage?

Who would you rather be like: Rose or the woman I met last weekend?

Even though Rose will likely receive a lot of scrutiny for being herself, she is being herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. It really doesn’t matter if you agree with her or not. She is being herself. No questions or answers are needed. The woman I met last weekend has created such a cage around herself that I could feel her panic and anxiety. I had to keep focusing on my own calm breath or it would have made me panic.

To which story can you relate?

You get to choose to be in your power or in your fear. You can also use your fear to propel your power.

We have a choice every second. Each choice we make effects everyone else. I hope you choose to be the most expressive, kind, healthy, and alive You there is. Do what you fear. Our lives are so precious. And you are just as precious as anyone else. We can lift each other up. By being ourselves, we inspire and help each other be more real.

Our differences can be quite sexy and cool if we allow them to be.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” ~ Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change you into something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ~Marilyn Monroe

To help you with being in your power, I have designed some cool workshops coming up:

Daylong Retreat: June 2nd, 2013. For more info, click here. Currently Sold out. To join the wait list, email breathe365d@aol.com.

Weekend Retreat at Glen Ivy Retreat Center: October 18-20, 2013. 8 spots available. Early bird special rate ends July 25th.  For more info, click here.

With all of the violence that has been happening in the world, lets support each other, do our work to be more mindful, be more embodied so we can make healthy and less harmful decisions, and give each other whatever hugs are necessary.

May you live peacefully and powerfully.

With Love,
Leslie

www.leslieporter.com

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