Writing for me is a way for to express who I am, and sometimes to face the truthful things about myself that I would like to change (yikes, that is not easy sometimes).
I have been saying these words below (which I have never written down until today) every morning for about two years now (well, 80% of mornings). I promise you, when I take the less than 5 minutes it takes to sit down quietly and say these words, it makes ALL the difference in my day.
Now, I don’t start every day on a hilltop in Hawaii (as in this picture) and most of these things that I say in my meditation are yet to be mastered, (the grace when challenged is a work in progress), however, with every day that I say these words (out loud seems to be the most effective), and the more practice I have becoming the person I see myself as, I become more in alignment with these words, myself and everyone around me.
I am sharing these with you because when something really helps me in such a huge way, I am more than compelled to share (hopefully we all feel this). The second reason, is usually what happens is, once I get my own words out into cyber space it speeds things along in terms of me mastering things myself… so funny how that works. So, simply by reading this and listening, you are totally helping me. So I THANK YOU in advance for supporting me to be more peaceful and graceful in the face of challenges (my boyfriend thanks you too I am sure ;) ) and for helping bring more happiness and prosperity into my life… know that I wish the same for you.
I encourage you to write your own (I put some resources below to help you) and take the time out for yourself in the morning (like I said, it only takes 5 minutes). What happens is, your own loving words will come back to comfort you throughout the day… or in some cases, slap you in the face… i.e. “um, Traci, that’s not very graceful.” and when they do, remember, you asked for it.
“I am a beautiful & extraordinary being. I see the higher being in myself and all those around me. I trust in myself, my spiritual guides, and in the universe to continue to guide me on my path towards amazing love, patience, grace, wisdom, intelligent compassion, humility, health, happiness and prosperity in all areas of my life. I am grounded and peaceful as I gracefully move through the challenges in my day, knowing they carry with them certain truths about myself and opportunities to practice virtues I have asked to learn. I am patient with myself and others in this process. I am so grateful for all of these lessons, all that I have, and all that is to come.”
p.s. Saying I am beautiful & extraordinary being feels a little braggy at first… I thought to myself, “I am?” the first time I said it… “Is that too braggy?“… then I moved on, knowing that we all are, humans are amazing. We all need to recognize that in ourselves and each other WAY more than we do… starting with 5 minutes of recognizing your beautiful self a day is a perfect start.
Oprah on Developing Spiritual Muscle & “making space for flow to show itself”:
“For me, meditation reorders the natural flow of life. Everybody has a flow or stream of consciousness that allows all things to move without resistance. Decisions come easily, things fall into place, and there’s no conflict. You’re vibing with life ’cause you’re in the flow. Hopefully, we’ve all had glimpses of that way of being. How do you hold on to it? Practice consciously making space for the FLOW to show itself. Meditation is a way to get you there.” – Oprah (Developing Spiritual Muscle)
How to Write your Own Meditation + Tips to making it a part of your day