Affirmations, Part 1 Acknowledgement

It is often said that acknowledgement is half the battle- and for good reason. While denial stands in the way of taking action to improve, acknowledgement kicks the door of possibility wide open. 

It can often be hard to accurately see your own faults and areas of opportunity. When we are stuck in a bad situation or are exhibiting harmful behaviors, we are often the last person to really see what we have become. There may be a sense that something is not right, or physical symptoms that clearly indicate a bigger problem- but what? Getting clear on the true state of your health and life is the first step to improving them. 

In order to start the healing journey, you must first acknowledge that there is a problem that requires your attention. This is by no means a sign of weakness. On the contrary, having the courage to clearly acknowledge your need for intervention shows immense courage and a commitment to being your best self. By acknowledging what is, you lay the foundation for upward trajectory in all areas. 

The following exercise will help get you off to the right start.  

  1. Find a quiet space where you can relax and think without interruption. Carry with you a pad and pen to capture anything that comes up. 
  1. Close your eyes and relax your body, breathing deeply. Allow your mind to expand and think about any areas in your life in which you may be experiencing problems. Are you overweight, stressed out or dealing with an abusive partner? Allow yourself to think about all areas of your life, without censoring your thoughts or trying to rationalize them. 
  1. As you think about various areas of your life and your general health, focus on any areas that make you feel uneasy, fearful, sad or frustrated. Once you clearly know what these are, open your eyes and jot them down on your pad- again, without censoring yourself. 
  1. Once you have everything written down, take a look at the list in its entirety. Does it accurately reflect the landscape of your life? Is there anything listed that is a surprise to you? This is a powerful exercise and it sometimes brings up things that were totally unexpected, but are affecting our lives and health in a negative way. 
  1. As you read through the list, do not judge yourself. Simply acknowledge what has come up for you. Do not assign value or rebuke yourself if the list is as long as your arm. Simply acknowledge what is. Once you have done so, you are ready to move to the next phase- acceptance. 

I am an Oak

Storms make oaks take roots.

~ Proverb

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