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
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School