At the yoga studio where I practice, one of the instructors a few months ago added a silent meditation with two components. First, as we settled into a stretching pose, she asked us to count on one hand five things we were grateful for. “I am grateful for … my health, my family, personal freedom, and so forth.” Second, as we changed postures and settled into another pose, on our other hand she asked us think of five descriptors of ourselves. “I am strong, I am present, I am confident, and so forth.”
[This is a great exercise to do. It takes 60 seconds or less.]
Being the end of a physically demanding hour-long yoga workout, my sweat-drenched body was decompressing and my usually-overactive mind was relaxed and unfocused, sort of in that dreamy state right before sleep. I was absolutely surprised when, during the second exercise something new popped into my head:
“I am love.”
Huh? Did I really just think that? “I am love.” What does that even mean? But it’s stuck with me for some time now. It makes me consider the quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” So if I wish to see more love in the world, then maybe it’s on me to bring more love into the world. “I am love.” Not sure yet how this will manifest, and I’ll post more as I allow this to process its way through me.