I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat one morning at the beginning of practice and began to cry. The instructor was guiding us toward the place we wanted to be and told us to focus on that, rather than the stuff in our heads, and the things that were wrong.
I was weighted by much that was wrong–real and imagined. Things I have continually heaped on myself since my divorce and things that I wanted to change about my own life and surroundings. Ways I attempted to control circumstances so I could bring order to places in my mind and body that I felt were lacking. I was a mess–full of anxiety and wrapped tightly into a cocoon of sadness and guilt and darkness.
On the mat, I began to moved through the poses. The focus was on strength and the idea was that we are stronger than we think we are. The poses became more intense. I shook in holding poses, (planks, especially) and felt fatigue hitting me in waves as I did yet another vinyasa. But as I continued through the difficulty of the practice I felt stronger and calmer and more assured that my life was a thing of complicated beauty.
Off the mat, several hours later, I began to meditate on empowering thoughts. Then I wrote them down. You know what? All that anxiety and guilt and regret and need to control my surroundings just melted away! It was such a relief!
This was so helpful to me that I wanted to share my list with you. I encourage you to make your own–it’s actually kind of fun and I think you’ll feel anxiety slip away and a sense of calm and strength center you.
I can be my best self today.
I can tell the truth today.
I can enjoy my life today.
I can be kind and generous to myself today.
I can be kind and generous to others today.
I can bring ideas and solutions to work today.
I can accomplish what I need to today.
I can listen today.
I can say I’m sorry today.
I can release the past today.
I can learn today.
I can be enough today.
I can matter to others today.
I can love people today.
I can take care of my body today.
I can take care of my soul today.
I can love my children today.
I can love my husband today.
I can stay in the light and not hide today.
I can be a good friend today.
I can drink enough water today.
I can get outside and let Nature embrace me today.
I can laugh today.
I can communicate better today.
I can improve on yesterday today.
I can say no when I need to today.
I can say yes when it’s wholehearted today.
I can make mistakes and grow today.
I can be God’s child today.