I focus on the feel of the sand beneath my feet, and the many textures as I walk along. I endeavour to fill my ears with the sound of the waves, alternatively crashing on the shoreline, or lapping gently over my feet, instead of the busy-ness of my thoughts. I admire the beauty of nature all around me, above and below. Even a blue jelly fish, abandoned by the sea, has its own unique splendour.
I notice all the many footprints of those who have walked before me, aware of how each one is different and exclusive. Even the imprint left behind can tell a story about the owner, whether it’s the pressure or the shape of their feet. I make a point of smiling and saying ‘Hello’ to everyone I meet, regardless of whether they have a friendly aura or not. We live in a world where smiling and greeting each other is not as common place as it once was. As much as some people appear to be repelling any contact, I know that when I say hello, I am really saying ‘I see you. You matter. You exist. I care.’ For some people, this is something they don’t want to hear – they prefer the anonymity of existence. More often than not, I receive a smile or greeting in return. Either way, I notice a change in their energy as they walk away.
This morning, during my compulsory ‘sit down and watch the world go by’ break I watched a man writing on the water’s edge, where the sand is damp and packed more solidly. Every fifty or so paces, he would stop, write a message, check it and repeat it to himself and then move on. As I watched, I pondered on the location of his messages. They were just far enough out of the water to remain visible for a short period of time, but, as the tide was turning, they would not stay there forever to be viewed, judged or destroyed by others on the beach. I wondered whether they were affirmations, written solely for his own benefit; statements that reminded him of how powerful and unique he is. It wouldn’t matter that they washed away, after all, he was just ‘stating his intent’ in a way that inspired and activated his inner greatness.
In a way we all do this, we say something about ourselves, every hour of every day. It can be positive or negative. It can be inspiring an uplifting…or not. It doesn’t matter how many people ‘see’ or hear these comments and declarations about ourselves, because it’s not for their benefit anyway. Our soul remembers each one and stores them away.
As I watched the man with the message writing on the sand, I thought about the things we say about ourselves, or what we believe about ourselves and how they impact on us. Time may pass, things may change, but those words that we believe about ourselves are rarely just ‘washed away’. They can, of course, become buried deeper especially the not-so-nice ones.
The positives we tell to, or about ourselves can often be affected or damaged by other people’s opinions and judgements in such a way that we see them become distorted, dispersed and even swept away. But what if we just ‘knew’ our truth and didn’t care what happened to it outside of us. What if we just accepted that we are strong, amazing and empowered, and it didn’t matter what happened, or others said, it still remained our truth? How awesome would it be to trust in ourselves and know, without a doubt, that we were important, special and amazing? …and then I have to ask…. why don’t we already do this?
Today, I want us all to take a moment to think of something positive about ourselves. Now, using your finger, write it somewhere that isn’t for the benefit of others, because this is all about you. It can be in the air, on the table, on a glass surface, on your body…the possibilities are endless. Now every time you walk past wherever you wrote this, or see that area, I want you to remember the power of those words, the energy behind your statement, and I want you to ‘feel’ it as your truth.
Now try something new: Write something that you want to be, whether its abundant, in a relationship, a recipient of a gift or an opportunity. Once again, when you pass by or look where you wrote that goal, I want you to pause and ‘feel’ the energy that statement has for you. Be aware of the impact this statement has on your life over the next couple of months, keeping in mind that you have to meet the Universe halfway and need to help yourself as well, by taking small steps towards that goal.
Let me know how you get on…I’d love to hear from you.
It’s time to start reclaiming back our innate power and limitlessness. Lets start today. Lets start remembering who we really are and celebrating that truth!
with love, respect and integrity
PS. Do not even begin to tell me you can’t think of anything nice to say about yourself, because that just means you aren’t truly appreciating the awesomeness that is you…and believe me, there is plenty of awesomeness within you!