29 Sep Let’s talk about ING…ing.
OMG! Here she goes again. What in the world is ING…ing? Is that a typo? This lady is crazy. How does she make this stuff up?
Well, to answer the last question first, I make this stuff up by observing, looking, researching about health, healing and wellness. And the truth is, more often than not ideas pop into my head and I race to record them before they float away into the ethers. Truly, many of them come from another place.
Now let’s get back to ING…ing.
We are going to have a brief elementary school lesson: Noun vs. verb. What is the difference? A noun is a person, place or thing (thank you, Schoolhouse Rock!). The noun is static. The verb indicates action or a state of being. Verbs convey movement.
And verbs convey process, not predicament. Isn’t it more powerful to say “I am learning” than “I am ignorant”? With learning there is a place to go and more to come. Ignorant is a dead end.
I play with this with my kids at home and in my practice all the time. Someone will say, “I am sick” and I ask, “Will you be sick forever?” They say, “No” and I respond with, “Then you are healing” or “Your body is processing.” Or a personal favorite: “You are cycling.” This one is especially valuable because when we use it as parents we can frame anything from emotions (a bad day, a rough menstrual period, or a cold or flu) as cycling.
When we use words with ING, it reinforces a beginning, a middle and an end. This is about the ways words give us power. When we use verbs, our brain hears movement and not a fixed, polarized or never-ending state of being. We can move through cycling, processing and healing. We expect it to ebb and flow and understand it takes time.
In the language of wellness, we can make ourselves feel better or worse. ING words are just one example of how empowering language can be.
When we intentionally choose our words, we are consciously creating our world view.
What ways can you consciously shift your language without doing anything else different? Leave a comment below and let’s talk!
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