Francesca Secolonovo

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?

My passion for the work I do has come from my own healing journey. Experiencing first hand the benefits of the practices that I offer, from the space it creates for awareness, healing, expansion and growth it was a no brainer that I had to do what I do. To see the difference people feel through Sound Healing and Yoga and how it has allowed them to be calmer, happier people is a blessing.

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?

I have huge amounts admiration and respect for all women who are working on bettering themselves and trying to create a more pleasant, loving, compassionate world.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?

To take a moment to celebrate who we are right now allows us to appreciate how far we have come. Life isn’t always easy. It’s challenging, demanding and there are moments I’m sure where we have all felt so disappointed but hey… we are still here. The situations, breakups we may have thought that we would never have overcome… hey… we STILL here. Being here right now is a true celebration and we all deserve to blow our own trumpet every now and then.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I have recently made it a practice to throw myself a compliment here and there. I had always found it uncomfortable to receive a compliment and found it hard to even look someone in the eye as I received it. I recently looked in the mirror and told myself that I looked pretty damn good. It made me feel confident and happy within myself and to me everything starts from within. If we feel good, happy, confident and essentially love ourselves how we should. This sets a high standard of what we are prepared to accept is all aspects of our lives from how others treat us in intimate relationships, friendships and so on. Speak to yourselves kindly and you realise you will not accept anything less from others.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

As a women I feel if we celebrate or ‘big ourselves up’ there’s a fear of being judged as behaving big headed or coming across as too
much. So instead of celebrating and praising ourselves we play small.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

I had a habit of wanting to throw a compliment back which in essence took away the experience of someone taking a moment to celebrate me. I now try in those moments to be open in receiving, holding back the urge to throw a compliment back and instead to simply say thank you.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

Society reinforces this idea everywhere…

However I believe we should certainly not focus on the fact that society does so and do our own inner work to not allow this external factor to affect how we should feel, be and exist in this world. To remember we are all different and unique and deserve to take up space in this world for all that we are. To be strong in ourselves and to simply be and act with complete fullness and confidence of who we are from a deep place within, knowing and believing that we are…and have always been enough.

We cannot control the external world however we can control how we choose to react towards it. So, be the change, make a change, focus on all that we are instead of feeding into the idea that we are not.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

It’s important because for the longest time women have competed, bitched and compared against each other. The time has come to change all of this and I see how the sisterhood gets stronger, how women are coming together and supporting one another. It is the most beautiful thing to witness and experience. It’s time for women to come together and for empowered women to help empower other women.

Occupation: Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer

Website: www.francescasecolonovowellness.com

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