Its been almost 2.5 years since I came across the concept of acceptance. So I wonder what has changed in between.
Before coming across TISA, I used to practice slow speech/prolongation. I learnt it from one of the “cure” speech therapists. I observed that I spoke well with my friends and subordinates at office. But speaking over the telephone was a big challenge,specially when talking to seniors.
I used to practice meditation for about half an hour before making a phone call to my seniors. Meditation used to calm my nerves and improve fluency.Also on typical “bad speech days”, I used to avoid or postpone phone calls.
Coming to present times, specially during the last few months , I realise that something has changed. I pick up the phone ,dial the number , and say hello-even to my seniors : no matter what is the intensity of my stammering at that particular moment.
So I am able to communicate with stammering-I do not need to meditate before every important phone call.So acceptance has definitely given me courage.
PS: Mediation, speech exercise and all techniques are wonderful and highly beneficial for our speech,- no doubt about that. But my point is that they should become our dear friends ; not our crutches without which we cannot speak.