Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] I love listening

I love listening. It's one of the only spaces where you can be still and
moved at the same time - Nayyira Waheed (one of my fav poets)

Learning and listening fascinates me, it allows me to be completely in the
moment, I can sit and just be quiet listening to not just people but the
sounds from everywhere that I am, in the park, in the mall, walking down
the street. It keeps me in the now Listening is something I learnt on these latest journeys. I realized that
me just waiting for someone to finish talk so that I can talk or
interrupting someone while they speak I missed the moment, it sometimes
even dismissed people's point and made them feel dismissed as well. I
remember I was in a town hall meeting with quite a few people , ok not a
few, it was damm near crowded and here I was after learning about how
listening keeps me in the moment decided to practice this lesson. An
elderly gentlemen stood up and started talking, with a passion and verve
that drew me in even further, I was listening to him like he was the only
person that existed at the moment and I started crying (so very much unlike
me) the man's story brought out so much emotion I didn't touch my phone I
didn't make up stories in my head about his outfit and how long he was on
the floor I was so engrossed in his story that I felt the emotion, although
I was crying it actually felt really good, like a connection to him. I said
to myself, I really like this listening thing! I am also very aware of persons who don't listen now since I have started
to listen and recognize how to work. live and exist with them. Listening brings me back into the now ..... and now is all I have for sure! Peace

-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 1/06/2016 12:03:00 pm

Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I