“Does anyone have anything to clear?”
I wish everyone knew the meaning behind those six words. I hear them at least once a day. I say them myself up to 5 times in one day sometimes. They are impactful. They are powerful.
I work for lululemon athletica, and clearings are a special part of our culture. Every person on the team starts their day hearing those words. A clearing is an emotion, thought, feeling, good, bad, whatever, that you need to get off your chest in order to get on with your day. For many of us, a clearing is accompanied by an undeniable physical sensation. I know I need to clear when I hear those words and every muscle in my body goes tense. Yea, it’s time to clear some shit.
The last few days have encompassed some profound lessons for me, and today my yoga teacher offered a thought that wrapped up all these precious teachings in one breath. “When I wake up in the morning, I ask the Universe “Who am I supposed to meet today? What do I need to say? What do I need to hear?”
Words are profound. I myself find a deep connection to words and to saying them and I am never lost for recognizing their power. It’s the reason I revisit this space and essentially, clear these words that I feel I need to release. But even more profound at times are the things we hear. The last couple of days have taught me that there isn’t always a solution or a comfort to be offered in words, in saying. I’ve been so beautifully and humbly reminded that there are times when silence, partnered with a caring ear and an open heart, can be transformative.
I went into my meeting today knowing we would be asked if we had anything to clear. Something was weighing on me that I knew I needed to bring to my team and yet, I wasn’t sure if the time was right or how it would be received. But I heard those six words and that unmistakable feeling washed over me and my mouth was open and words were flowing before I could arrange them. And something beautiful and not at all surprising happened.
As I spoke and looked around the table at the faces I have come to know as my fellow leaders, my teachers, and my closest friends, the reason we clear became, well…clear. What they were going to say didn’t matter. They gave me the space to be heard. The simple fact that I had something I needed to articulate was important to them. The instant I started speaking I felt free. In simply knowing they were listening to me. And not just that, but really hearing me. They woke up this morning and asked what they needed to hear, and in asking that they allowed me to indeed, transform.
Let it be of no shock to you that in the end, the words they chose to offer me in support were exactly those that I needed. Even after I had already found serenity in being heard, I became so perfectly aware of the cycle of saying and hearing, hearing and saying. How one cannot exist without the other. I felt empowered in saying, I felt empowered in being heard, I felt empowered in hearing. And to be reminded that we create that sort of space for each other on not just a weekly basis, or even a daily basis, but on a moment to moment basis, left me more deeply connected to those six truly remarkable souls.
I will find sleep tonight knowing my purpose in the way of the Universe was served today. And while that doesn’t mean all of my questions were answered, my soul is peaceful knowing I gave and shared what I needed to of myself in a way that served me, and people I love.
I will rise tomorrow, welcome the day in all its potential for wonderment and splendor and ask, “Who am I supposed to meet today? What do I need to say? What do I need to hear?”