New Year's Feeling-Sense Re-Set
The days are still short, but from now forward for the first half of the year they are growing longer – offering us hope and the potential for growth, as we approach the time for new year’s resolutions. Yesterday, my wonderful niephew (niece/nephew they/them) shared their thoughts about new year’s resolutions. I want to offer you their wonderful reminder to try out a slightly different focus:
Aim for a feeling-sense, rather than actions-we-so-often-beat-ourselves-up-for-failing-at, as an option. Perhaps, in this little journey I offer (below), you might find one or two affirmations that bring you a feeling-sense of freedom or fulfillment. If so, you are most welcome to make that resonant feeling your focus for the new year; instead of a commitment to action, make for yourself a loving commitment to a feeling, and in this way, place your focus on those things in life that hold up that feeling for you.
(For example, rather than saying “I will go to the gym x times/week, you might say I commit to feeling fit and healthy this year.)
Do Affirmations work?
If you LET them, and if you ACT on them. . .
A Little Journey of Affirmation
I remind you that we now know that whatever you are experiencing in your heart (your feeling-sense), your heart then signals to your brain – even if it is a conjured or so-called “imagined” feeling – the heart experiences this – and the brain proceeds as if it were true; generating incredible changes; an actual change in constructed neural pathways, a shift in breathing, digestive action, endocrine system’s behavior, etc. So, as you read these affirmations, if they resonate for you, allow yourself to really feel them – AS IF TRUE – in your heart.
Take a few deep, slow breaths in, allowing belly to expand with the breath, upper chest to gently rise, then belly and chest slowly fall as breath flows out. If breathing is not your thing, try just placing a hand on your mid-chest, or heart. Feel the warmth there, . . . and listen . . .
My breath is deep and slow and full and gentle, and each lung full of oxygen I bring in nourishes every cell of my body.
I allow any pain currently in my body to softly release now, and even more so as the days go by.
I can feel or imagine my healthy blood cells moving through my veins and arteries like nutrient rich rivers, bringing strength, nourishment and vitality to every part of my body.
As I breathe, I can feel my bones becoming sturdier and more resilient.
My digestive organs are healthy and I easily assimilate all I take in with grace and ease, and with equal ease, I release what I no longer need.
My endocrine system functions in perfect harmony, my kidney, liver and adrenal glands are both vibrantly healthy, and peacefully restful.
My nervous system functions in perfect harmony with my purpose.
My muscles and joints are strong and elastic; my body’s movements flow comfortably, and I see myself joyfully doing all the activities I love to do.
My heart beats at a rhythm and a pace that is perfect for my entire being’s well-being.
I allow any emotional hurts I have been carrying to become soft now, and when ready, Even from heated recent moments, even from years or decades ago, - I feel them gently melting and falling away.
At least for this moment, I release all people who have hurt me, I release them from the bondage of my obsession.
I release any emotional hooks I had placed in other people or situations and allow my energy to return to my self; I can feel the vitality return to me as I do so.
At least for this moment, I can feel a soft blanket of kindness wrapping around my most tender self, protecting me from the need to react to the thoughts or words of others.
I trust that what my body remembers will return to me at the right time and in the right way and thus I know I am safe within myself.
At least for this moment, I allow the Earth beneath me - or the Universe around me, or the Divinity within or beyond – to hold me.
I easily let go of any thoughts or beliefs I have held that no longer serve me; as breath swirls within me, my mind becomes free and clear. As if a breeze, blowing off a great lake or ocean is washing through me, I can now feel a great openness and stillness within me.
I see my mind like a lake; the waves may be large but as I watch them they become smaller, gentler, until they may, when I am ready, become as still and flat as clear glass. . .
I can see myself as if looking down from a star, and I see that all is well within and around me.
I am safe. I am good. I am loved.
I realize that in this moment it is safe to allow myself to open to the unknown.
I embrace the bright, dark skies of winter, and can see in the distance, a light – the sun, slowly, slowly returning to light my world.
I allow this sunlight to flood my being.
I breathe the pure light through the skies, through my mind, through my heart, through my entire body.
I know that just as much as matter, I am filled with and made of light – the light of what I hold most sacred – the light of knowledge, the light of hope, the warm light of the heartful flame at Earth’s very core, the light of stars that falls upon my head and heart and down through my body, the light of God/Goddess/Goddex, or the simple, warm light of my own deepest self.
I am fulfilled, emptied, at peace.
And this is enough.
Take some deep, slow, full and gentle breaths.
If you like, place one hand on your belly and one on your heart to anchor in what we have experienced, and just be with that feeling for a moment, holding it in silence.
I love you all.
PS: You can LISTEN TO MAYA speak the affirmations HERE or on the Meditations page of this site.
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Rev. Maya Massar