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Dyana Valentine Dyana Valentine expresser. body attender. dream catcher.

Dyana Valentine works closely and intensely with people and companies truly ready to make something happen. Through a platform of community psychology, she helps high-performing creatives move and shake. [www.dyanavalentine.com]

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On my website, I committed to doing  “40 Days of My Body,” and that helped me snap back into my body. I’d realized that, unattended, the body does what it knows how to do, which is store energy. I’d gained 40 pounds and was surprised about it. I had a feeling of “Who’s been in my house?”

I did that commitment on my website because I wanted to speak openly about what was happening to me. I knew the public commitment would give me accountability and I wouldn’t snap back out of my body and go into hiding.

After I finished, someone said to me, “You did the 40-day commitment on your body. What about doing a writing activity with me?” I didn’t identify myself as a writer at that time and didn’t feel like l had 1500 words a day in me. I started to flip out.

I decided to cheat and write down my dreams. I’ve always had very cinematic dreams, ever since I was a little kid. That “cheat” turned into the creation of a body of work like nothing I’d ever created before. It was remarkable!

I was flooded with an understanding of how important it is to express what’s meaningful. What’s meaningful to me is the freedom to move through the world with lots of flexibility and to talk with people about what’s at the core of how we make our best decisions.

There’s a generalized expectation that we’re supposed to know what our calling is, but we’re not generally taught how to find that out. We’re not taught processes of inquiry that help us know our truth. Generally, we’re taught processes of inquiry that tell someone else truths they can understand about us. We go to schools that teach us their vocabulary for our passions and calling. We’re given gurus who tell us, “This is what it is.”

When we learn to define our calling for ourselves, to put our own vocabulary on it and have it be an active, open, communal process where we can ask each other questions, then it gets really interesting!

– Dyana Valentine

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