Try repeating this mantra while you breathe deeply and slowly
Try standing in your strength, rooting down, stretching up, breathing, repeating
I love myself I love myself I love myself
What will happen in the space of inspiration, when love is what is felt on the inside?
What will happen in the release of exhalation, when love is what is expressed outwardly as truth?
What if you knew your truth would help others? Would you speak it?
I love myself I love myself I love myself.
What would it feel like if you really believed it? What would it sound like if you could really mean it?
What would your life be like if you allowed yourself to really dream it?
******************************** Inspired by Kamal Ravikant’s book “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.” I find the cover art pretty triggering, let me say…but don’t we sometimes need strong images to wake us up to the truth? Self-love saves lives. I found it well worth the read. I will read it again. I have been practicing the mantra for months, and began teaching it to my students this past month. It’s powerful to work with the mind in this way, to train it to reach for a better thought. The best thought…the one that could save your life, and the lives of those around you.
Ah, love. Just pause a moment, say nothing. Close your eyes, breathe. Can you feel it? Can you feel your heart beating? Yes. This. This is your power. Feel your power, don’t be afraid, just let it flow through you. You were meant for this.
And what if, suddenly, I let go of who I thought I was, and made space to see and feel and know myself as I am right now? If I let go of the anger, the sadness, the blame, the shame, the grief, and the regret, what would be left of me? If I could stop using my intellect to operate on reality, if I could stop using my past to define my present, who would I be? Today, may I be aware of awareness. May I walk in this world as one who can see with new eyes, hear with new ears, and love with a new heart, free of the prison of past conditioning. May I step out of the cage of my old ideas, ready to meet this moment in its purest, most radiant innocence.
It’s going to be okay. I feel that now. Last year I worked on cultivating trust, and this year, I chose freedom. As I trust, I relax into being, and this moment opens up and shows me what I need to know…. in freedom. Or more precisely, I open up and I can finally see what this moment was trying to show me all along. Yes. I open up, and then I can receive the gifts that were always there, awaiting my opening. I open up and the whole universe is delighted to shower me with the love and the abundance that now gets to be expressed through me, through my willingness to trust and to be free.
We’re all in this together. To believe otherwise is to close yourself off from what will save you. We were all born, we will all one day die. Let the reality of your life one day ending wake you up to the connections in your life, the connections that really mean something to you. When you lie on your death bed, you won’t care how much money you have in the bank or how many cars you have in your garage or how big your house is. You will only be asking, Did I love as much as I could? Did I live the best way I could? If you died tomorrow, what would be your regrets? If you have any, it’s time to start living!
Dear One, Today is the day you awaken from the dream of powerlessness, the dream of lack and limitation, the dream of unworthiness, the dream of fear, self-doubt, the dream of weakness. Today is the day you wake up from the dream that has kept you in prison. Today is the day you stand in the light and know how free you are to live, to love, to enjoy this one precious life.
It doesn’t take long when you’re willing. If you can just sit, and feel, and breathe, if you can just be present, if you can listen, and see, if you can be open, and allow… The whole Universe will offer itself completely to you like the lover who has been waiting forever for you to wake up out of a coma, and who is just so damn excited to see you alive again… it’s all ecstasy from here on out.