Five Powerful Words

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    Close your eyes and say quietly, “I am that I am” three times. Notice what happens. ” I am that I am” are the only truthful words we can say about who we are, because they include all of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual presence in the moment. Anything else is only part of the truth. “I am breathing,” for example, doesn’t include the reality that I am also hearing, seeing, etc. Saying “I am that I am” brings us right into the moment! When we are fully alive in the moment, all thoughts of anger, worry, frustration, judgment and blame fall away. Try using this suggestion anytime you feel stressed and want to calm down and center.

    It’s a great tool but, beware! Tools need to be put down when they are no longer useful, like any habit used to avoid being in the moment! If you use it too much, you’ll know what I mean.

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    Try this the next time you are aware that you feel stressed and want to quiet down the inner chaos quickly. Walking, driving, standing still or sitting, quietly say while breathing in, "I am breathing in, and I am at peace." Say while breathing out, "I am breathing out, and I am at peace." Focus attention on what happens. If you become distracted, simply return your focus to your words and notice what's happening within. Repeat until you notice a shift, and are ready to stop. The cells of the body receive thought as instruction, and they are willing followers to whatever we think. Saying we are at peace allows the body to shift from feeling rushed around, to slowing down, so we can feel quieter inside. With the goal of maintaining balance in all things, use this practice with care, and let awareness be your guide. Sometimes this practice is helpful, and other times, it can be used to distract us from exploring mistaken beliefs that keep us rushing around. Remembering awareness is a gift to yourself and others.

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