"I am here."
I use this mantra when I find myself full of anxiety, worry and unfinished thoughts. Those times when I can practically see my heart beating through my clothing and the pulse in my wrists begins to swell. Sometimes I can't even pinpoint exactly what I am obsessing over or worried about and other times I am completely fixated on something that I feel like is unresolved or something that scares me.
When this happens, I must step back and take a moment to ground myself. Bring myself back to a place where things are calm and remember that right here, right now, all is well in my world. And know, that in 24 hours from now, 1 week from now, 1 month and 1 year... all well be well.
How do I know this? Because it always is. I am always protected. I am always guided. I am always with myself and all of the answers to the questions that I seek lie within me. I know that whatever challenges may arise, I am capable and strong enough to tackle them and that I have love and resources all around me.
Suddenly, I am able to focus on the task at hand, listen to others and express myself more clearly - because I trust that I am right where I need to be and that if there is something in my life that is uncomfortable, that it's just a moment in time. We are constantly evolving, learning and adapting. Our situations are always shifting.
This week, I want us to live in the present moment. To release fears and anxiety and fully embrace the here and now. This doesn't mean that we will be happy and cheery all of the time, but we will have a sense of calm. We will breathe in and out knowing and trusting that whatever we are experiencing is exactly what we need to be experiencing in that given moment. If we feel joy - FEEL it! If we feel sadness - FEEL it! But know that the sadness will pass - that it is just a moment in time and that even though there may be clouds and rain, the sun will rise. We know this is so, even in gloom, because there is still daylight.
"I am here."
Part of being present is being comfortable in our own skin. Being accepting of not only our current circumstances, but of our body, mind and thoughts. This acceptance can only happen when we embrace all parts of ourselves. Our quirky behaviors, our habits we are working to improve, our genetic make-up, our voice, our past and our present... all of these things make us... us. Make you - You and me - Me.
Here are some songs I love to listen to that bring me back to the peaceful present, embrace myself and my life.
I Am Who I Am by Guru Singh
Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd
Time Of Your Song by Matisyahu
Incorporate these songs in your yoga and mediation practices or just play them (maybe in the evening to wind down), sway to the sounds and allow yourself to be free.
Exercise for this week:
Once a day, look at yourself in the mirror and say out loud:
"I am. I am here. I love myself. I am."
With peace, love and prayer,