It is rare to say what you need without interruption. It is so rare in fact, that it's shocking when it happens. As humans, we just have a hard time listening. One morning, we hiked out to a river and were instructed to go stand on a rock and let words flow from our mouths until we felt complete. It's referred to as a "True North" speech and is a feminine style of speaking. I had no idea what I was going to say. I could feel my guts quivering a bit. I'm usually prepared. I usually have an idea... something. But I just trusted my breath to take me where I needed to go. I had so much fear of being judged. I was being watched by 14 powerful female visionaries. Would I sound stupid? Would I sound profound? Would I sound like a bumbling idiot? I love lists and bullets points and I thrive with a map. In fact, I get irritated when people ramble on without purpose... oh God! Help! But when I stood up between 2 trees that I used to stable myself on a rock just inches from a moving river, a story I didn't expect to come from my mouth began to flow without thought. I laughed... and cried and so did everyone else. And when I was complete, I was celebrated and thrown into a warm embrace by each woman there. I was listened to without interruption. It was amazing how deep our bond grew from this.