The words echo back to me, as if the moisture in my mouth won’t let them go. My heart beat is louder than the echo, recognizing ‘I’ in the pronunciation ‘you’. The responsibility of my claims, judgment, compliments, forgiveness, fills my lungs as the vibrations of meaning enters my breath in a life changing awareness.

“You are not working hard enough” as I feel the result of my inability to rest and care for myself.

“You are so childish” has the potential to remind me of the joy of innocent playfulness rather than adult condemnation.

“I appreciate your honesty” honors a desire for trust.

“I feel safe with you” recognizes respect for self and others.

Listening to my own words, feeling the echo of their meaning, is like hearing the storm swirling around while staying in the calm center.