AUDRE LORDE TRANSFORMATION OF SILENCE INTO LANGUAGE AND ACTION PDF

I use her words as a road map to help me transform even the most painful silences. Although I feared speaking my truth as a teenager, journal writing gave me space to find concise language for my experience. I spent more time telling the truth in my journal than I did to people. In that sense, I wrote my truth before I spoke it.

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She wrote this essay after a false cancer scare; confronted with her own morality, she came more fully into herself and into her voice. When we look at the world around us, we see that we need to keep stepping forward, showing up. Of what had I ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I believed could have meant pain, or death. But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end.

Death, on the other hand, is the final silence. And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into a perspective gave me great strength.

I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you…. Aware of her own mortality, of the shortness of life, Lorde realizes that not speaking has not kept her healthy. With the urgency of one given a potentially terminal illness, Lorde encourages us also to speak, to cast off our own silences. She continues:. What are the words you do not yet have?

What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? Perhaps for some of you here today, I am the face of one of your fears. Because I am woman, because I am Black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself — a Black woman warrior poet doing my work — come to ask you, are you doing yours?

And how can we call upon one another to help us do our work and transform our silences into language and action, into self acceptance and self love so that we may love one another better? I encourage you to take some time to listen to whatever your voice is calling you to.

What have you pushed aside and not listened to? What would happen if you gave it your attention, respect and voice? Often we have been intimidated, mocked, threatened if we speak out. But the first step to change is to notice those silences and speak out. And to do that, we must find supports—of our sisters and a community around us, and of our own internal supports.

I invite you to practice with my meditation and writing prompts to tap into the power of your own voice. When we center first and come into a more meditative silence, we have the tools to break through the oppressive silences that have for so long kept us small.

Meditation gives us the supports we need to enter into the fullness of our knowing and our voices. Your email address will not be published. Learn the 7 essential steps to revitalize your writing, get through blocks, and write what you've been dreaming of writing--while enjoying the process! Download the free e-book Embrace Your Story. Get lifetime access to this tool for writers and more in my resource library.

By completing this form you are signing up to receive our emails and can unsubscribe at any time. Get your FREE minute downloadable audio meditation and writing session for more mindful and easeful and powerful writing. Plus 10 writing prompts. She continues: What are the words you do not yet have? I invite you to ask yourself: What is your work to do? What silences can you cast off? What silence can you transform into language and action? We all need supports. If you like this post, please share it with friends.

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The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

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I would like to preface my remarks on the transformation of silence into language and action with a poem. Nobody wants to die on the way and caught between ghosts of whiteness and the real water none of us wanted to leave our bones on the way to salvation three planets to the left a century of light years ago our spices are separate and particular but our skins sine in complimentary keys at a quarter to eight mean time we were telling the same stories over and over and over. Broken down gods survive in the crevasses and mudpots of every beleaguered city where it is obvious there are too many bodies to cart to the ovens or gallows and our uses have become more important than our silence after the fall too many empty cases of blood to bury or burn there will be no body left to listen and our labor has become more important than our silence. I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect. I am standing here as a black lesbian poet, and the meaning of all that waits upon the fact that I am still alive, and might not have been.

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She wrote this essay after a false cancer scare; confronted with her own morality, she came more fully into herself and into her voice. When we look at the world around us, we see that we need to keep stepping forward, showing up. Of what had I ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I believed could have meant pain, or death. But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end.

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