What are your "tells" that you're speaking to outside expectations and approval, rather than from internal grounding?
What if we experienced empowerment as wholeness, not just access or being heard? What if, instead of putting on my legitimacy armor when walking into situations where I want to claim my seat at the table, I claimed the power to bring that scared six-year old immigrant girl with me? This is the kind of authority I want to inhabit -- authority that is grounded in my own humanity. This is the kind of voice I want to exercise -- one that carries the unique tones of my immigrant self.
The world needs so much right now, but it all comes down to whether our hearts are open — to love someone we’ve learned to demonize, to feel our connection to the earth, to risk seeing our fates as intertwined. Hearts respond only to other hearts. The only power we have to engender love is our own love. If we thought we could hold ourselves safely apart while working for social change, we were mistaken. The best of what we have to give is right here, waiting for our courage to claim it.