Day 7 of The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse–relaxation
Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:
I AM AT PEACE WITH WHO I AM
My cute husband and I took a meditation and relaxation class together at a yoga studio last summer. Somehow, we both had gotten off course a bit with keeping our stress levels in check and this class just happened to fall into my lap. Once again, another confirmation on how life always supports me with what I need in every circumstance. (Remember, there are no “coincidences” in life).
Had I asked my husband to take this class with me a few months before he received a new promotion at work, he probably would have politely declined my invitation and written it off as another way us girls spend our money. Again, perfect timing for both of us revealed a class that we so desparately hoped would help dissolve our “stress.”
I had attempted meditation before on my own, but after taking this class, I was awakened to a whole new level of meditation. We started with some stretching, mainly of our torso area, to open up our chest and stomachs to allow our breathing to have the proper room needed to fully relax our bodies. (Who knew, one needed to stretch out the this area to breathe better?)
After our stretching, the teacher asked us all to go around the room to tell her why we decided to come to class today and also asked us to tell her what we do when we become stressed. Meaning, how do we handle our stress? One by one, we all shared our reasons. She then spoke to us for about 5 minutes about how most of us deal with stress in a negative fashion and how what she was going to teach us with our breathing and through meditation (quieting our minds) was a great way to help limit and dissolve our “stress.”
We got in very comfortable seated positions with our backs against the wall. Shortly after she took us all through a breathing exercise for about the next 30 or so minutes. I became so comfortable, that my body felt like it was floating. A sense of total peace came over my body and then I felt joy; happiness all throughout my being. I felt like I could take a nap yet run a marathon. I remember wondering if I actually fell asleep at one point only because I realized my thinking had stopped for quite a long time. A long time for me, was like 2-3 minutes. I couldn’t believe it, I actually meditated. Holy cow! No wonder people are constantly talking about how amazing meditation is for our mind, body and soul! I was now a believer!
After the class was over, my husband and I were so energized, happy and excited about life! We grabbed some sushi and had a wonderful conversation about our experience and also about what we could do to make a difference in people’s lives. You see, our soul is love. God is love. We are an extension and an expression of God’s love. It is through this being-ness and opening our souls to receive the love that we came from and are, that we find our purpose.
This mediation class, along with an intense dream I had led me to writing this blog for you. I am actually living my purpose right now. And I know this is all part of my blueprint that God designed for me before I was born on this earth. I know my purpose will only continue to reveal itself to me more and more as long as I keep my thoughts on love and away from fear.
I shared the story of my meditation class with you because it is now one of the practices, along with prayer, that I do to keep me in alignment with my soul and my soul’s purpose. Oh yeah and also by surrounding myself with my bestest girlfriends every Thursday! My girlfriends are amazing people and another source of where I draw positive energy. I hope you are finding positive people in your life which radiate positive energy in your life too.
Your Affirmation Cleansing Homework: Write the affirmation, “I am at peace with who I am” 5 times at the beginning of your day. Find 5 minutes of your day today (and a quiet space) and try mediating.
Hopefully this story will inspire you to truly continue to meditate, if you haven’t already. If you don’t know where to begin, just start small. Dedicate 5 minutes before you start your day by saying thank you for 5 things you are grateful for and then try and quiet your mind. If your mind wanders, try focusing on the word gratitude. There are lots of great meditation apps out there if you have a smartphone or iphone. I use one every morning that I can choose how long I would like to meditate for, 5, 7, 15, 20 or 30 minutes. I can use the guide on it or turn “her” off.
Children’s Affirmation for the day: I love the person that God made me to be.