Posing: Bringing the Scaffolding Surrounding My Heart into the Light

“The platforms on the scaffolding I’ve built to surround my heart are fear and shame. It’s from these places that my greatest pose operates. In my ‘identities’ of religion, education, marriage and children, the collaborative pose or message is, ‘I have it all together’. The scaffolding I build, the pose I project, is a way of avoiding pain and uncomfortable places in my story. It is safer for me to stand behind the scaffolding. Behind the staging I’ve created. Behind the pose where I am comfortable. Where I can remain hidden and in control.”

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