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Self Confidence

I woke up yesterday to peace and quiet and three peaceful deers looking at me through my window as I prepared for my presentation at the Women's Leadership Conference in Asilomar, Pacific Grove California. This is wine country, and it is untouched and beautiful, serene and calm and there is no TV in my room. I am listening to myself think, I can actually hear myself think, I am settling in to silence and it is powerful.

Last night I sat before a fireplace in a rocking chair, and when I looked at myself I thought I was on TV. But there is no television there is people and the lost art of conversation. So I have no choice but to listen to myself, to listen to my heartbeat, I noticed this morning how shallow my breath was and how anxious my thoughts were. I am in Pacific Grove with powerful and smart women. Yesterday after my presentation someone called me a 'renaissance woman' I liked the title, I think it means that I am taking women back to that place of authenticity, where we call ourselves by the names that define our politics, names like 'feminists' and 'activists'.

I just finished reading Shery Sandberg's 'Lean In' everywoman should read Sandberg, every woman should read Carol Gilligan's, they should these books make a difference. I am breathing better now, and in silence, I am hearing myself. That's what silence does it forces you to hear yourself, to listen to yourself. So I am at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, in a refuge by the sea, I am finding time to listen to myself.



Nadz- Part of me envies your environment, of beauty, serenity, and space to quiet your mind. Just to notice, without judgement, brings peace and focus to one's being. Notice a heartbeat. Notice a feeling. Notice a body. Be.

I hope that your time is fruitful, and that you are not only able to hear, but also to quiet your mind. In the end, you will be more of who you are.

All the best to you!

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


mrbeckbeck's picture

Peace and quiet

This sounds like an incredible opportunity to enjoy peace and quiet, and also to connect with some inspiring leaders like yourself!

Enjoy the quiet, breathe it in deeply.

On another note, I would love to hear more of your reactions about Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In"! The book is much discussed, but I haven't seen anyone from our community write about it.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Nadz's picture

Imagine that

I just finished reading, thought it was poignant, so rich and relevant. It is so much to take in, but I can work withn her perspective, we have been talking about it a lot.

Life is just for living

Greengirl's picture

Yes Nadz

I can imagine the kind of peace and quiet you spoke of and brought to life in your writing. The art and act of listening to one's inner self is very important, and I am learning by the day to find more time to look inwards. Thank you so much for sharing this motivational post.

I wish you a fruitful time in California.


Mukut's picture


I am planning to read Sandberg's book. Heard so much about it. Thanks for sharing the calmness of your beautiful environment.


Mukut Ray

Nadz's picture

good morning

Hello Mukut
You will enjoy the book its pretty good. Take care.

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