“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Ian Maclaren
No amount of meditation will ever fully stop the incessant flow of thoughts that permeate my consciousness, so the only hope for peace of mind is to change those thoughts to something positive. After a lifetime of negative self-talk, switching gears can require quite a bit of attention.
It works when I repeatedly pause to notice the language that I use. It works when I commit to awareness of the present moment and how I want to represent my authentic self. It works when I respond with, "Thank you," as oppose to attempting to discredit one's compliment. And it works when I look in the mirror, into my own eyes, and speak with love.
When I see my reflection it is imperative that the words I use are kind. No more finding fault. No more criticism. I use affirmations and I use them regardless of whether I believe that they are true. These are the statements that matter to me:
I am beautiful. (Even if I wake up feeling less than.)
I am strong. (Even when I feel exhausted.)
I am healthy. (Even if my five senses exhibit evidence to say otherwise.)
I am loved. (Even if I am hurt.)
I am supported. (Even if I feel overwhelmed.)
I am safe. (Even when I am vulnerable.)
This is how I embrace myself. This is how I check in. This is how I do yoga.
So how do you talk to yourself?
Next time you look in the mirror take a moment to pause, to be present, to be kind.