Awareness Acknowledgement Acceptance
Are you ready to live a more stress free life, free from obsessive worry? Are you ready to break some old habits that no longer serve your highest good? Then it is time to make some changes and begin living the life that you were born to live.
Affirmation: Today, I embrace where I am and what my life experience reveals to me.
It is easy to “embrace” or “accept” where we are when things are going grand. It is much harder to “embrace” or “accept” where we are when things are spiraling downward seemingly out of our control. Like most, I’ve had good and bad days, by the weeks, months, years, and even decades…..but I have learned one powerful secret over the years that has gotten me through and allowed me to embrace where I am and that secret is about the ACCEPTANCE OF CHANGE.
Change is the only constant in our lives. Things, people, places, circumstances, the movement of the sun, etc., always changing and I say hooray for that!! That means that WE are always changing, growing, and evolving. We are learning how to be at peace within ourselves no matter what is happening outside of us, no one can harsh our mood, take us down, pull us down, or break us down, permanently, we are at peace and living in the moment. We are at peace and living in the moment because we know that everything is temporary. Learning to live with non-attachment (in the moment) is certainly a huge feat for alot of people at first, but for those living life in this way they are happier, they are healthier, they are living life on life’s terms, living in the moment and loving it, so it’s worth a try, don’t you think?
So, the next time that you are feeling lost, depressed, and/or overwhelmed, remember it’s only temporary. Do not allow your mind to keep you tethered to those thoughts/times because things will surely shift, if you allow it. By living in the moment we have given ourselves permission to embrace the acceptance of change. Just think what your life could be without worry, for instance. I ask you to embrace that thought and let yourself sit with that for a few minutes. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like if I didn’t worry?” Let’s face it, worry simply takes up time, energy, and space in our brain and body and the only function of worry is to obsess on something that hasn’t even taken place and probably won’t, but lets just say it does—how did worry help or change it? It doesn’t, it doesn’t help or change anything. I want to add that worry is a habit and ALL habits can be broken when one sets their mind to it.
There is a great Irish saying, “It is what it is”, and it is. Worrying isn’t going to change what “is”.
AWARENESS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, ACCEPTANCE
Often times just becoming aware of a habit will stop the habit and other times, we have to make the conscious decision to stop a habit. In the case of obsessive worry the minute you notice your thoughts moving to that place, you take a deep breath and as you exhale you become AWARE of the thoughts, but rather than stopping and then obsessing in those thoughts, you acknowledge the thoughts, by saying something in your mind like, “I hear you” and then you let them go. That’s right; you let them go, every time! Do not fixate on those thoughts of worry because over time, the habit to be aware and acknowledge those thoughts will be more powerful than the obsessive thoughts themselves and then you will be able to live in the moment. You will be living in the moment with the ACCEPTANCE that “yes, thoughts come and go, but ultimately I am in charge of my thoughts and I choose happy, fulfilling, thoughts rather than thoughts of lack and worry.” With each day that passes, that you are AWARE, ACKNOWLEDGE, AND ACCEPT that you DO have control over your thoughts—your life will begin to shift in a way that is full of surprising adventures, happiness, laughter, joy, and posistive thoughts. Remember, you are in control of your thoughts. It will take practice to shift your thoughts at the beginning, but, before too long, you will realize that you feel free, free from the obsessive thoughts that used to take up your time, and now you have time to truly enjoy your life.
Many Bright Blessings!
Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
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