“Playing Small Does Not Serve The World”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? …Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. …It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson
The terms “playing small” and “shrinking” can be interpreted in different ways. These phrases refer to denying self-confidence, empowerment, and power, and also can be understood to mean literally shrinking your body to be as small as possible.
People often believe that having power over food translates to feeling powerful in life. The opposite is usually true. When you shrink your body, and diminish your sense of self, your world narrows in scope, and your world narrows to the number on the scale. When your world is small, you feel insignificant, helpless, and powerless. You may feel as if you’re merely existing.
Conversely, when you embrace your personal sense of self, your power and dream big, when you have an appetite for life, you’re more likely to feel as if you are truly living.
What would be different if you allowed yourself more of an appetite for life?
How do you keep yourself small?
What does it mean to take up space in the world, to feel powerful?
What is your hope about embracing your sense of self?
What is your fear about being powerful?
Describe what it would mean to “live” rather than merely “exist”?
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