Do not make an effort to impress others, or to express yourself. Your effort to express yourself becomes an impediment. Your effort to impress someone also becomes futile. If you do not try to impress, expression comes naturally. When you come from the self, your expression is perfect and your impression lasts for ages.
Often you don’t seem to have a control over your impressions and expressions. Wisdom is selecting your impressions and expressions. Enlightenment is when you do not take any impressions at all, whether good or bad. Then you “master” the art of expression. Many impressions in the mind cause:
Lack of focus
and finally, derangement of the mind.
Nature has inbuilt in us a system through which it releases some of the impressions – through dreams, and through meditation.
Excessive expression loses the depth and luster, the serenity of yourself. Meditation erases the impressions and improves the expression.
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar