I give up

A long time ago I sat in a room with a group of women who were trying to understand men.  At the end of the discussion everyone had to make a statement, “I give up the need to castrate men”.  Seriously, that’s what happened.  The intention behind the statement was to see the union between men and women, not as separate individuals but as one.  These women dropped their swords and promised to live in greater union and harmony with their partners. 

This exercise stayed with me and I have used it, not only in my personal life but also in classes.  One of the things I love about yoga and meditation is that it empties you out.  You release and let go of all thoughts, feelings and emotions that are holding you back from behind an open container from which energy can flow.  From that space you can fill up with the things you need and stay clear minded, not allowing negative thoughts or harmful feelings back in.  It’s a remarkable space of openness and acceptance.  In some ways, you choose to let down your armor and heal yourself. 

So, I give you the ‘I give up’ meditation.  It puts you into a place of open surrender.  From this place you can receive.  If you feel compelled at the end write up what you’re releasing, what you’re willing to let go of, what you’re willing to give up in order to live in more open acceptance of yourself and others.  When we embrace ourselves, others and the present moment we are free to be who we truly are in our authenticity.

I give up

I give up the need to be right

I give up the need to know

I give up the past

I give up the future

I give up my expectations for the present

I give up holding others accountable for my happiness

I give up blaming, shaming, or condemning others for my unhappiness

I give up reacting to my emotions

I give up dimming my light

I give up staying small

I give up being silent

I give up shouting

I give up excuses

I give up accusations

I give up resentments

I give up solitude

I give up labels

I give up rejection

I give up mediocrity

I give up judgment

I give up needing to be someone I am not

I give up perfection

Now write what you will replace it with

I give up

I give up the need to be right – I choose love instead

I give up the need to know – All is well

I give up the past – It no longer exists

I give up the future – All is coming

I give up my expectations for the present – I choose to be here now

I give up holding others accountable for my happiness – I am responsible for my happiness

I give up blaming, shaming, or condemning others for my unhappiness – I choose happiness

I give up reacting to my emotions – My emotions are fleeting

I give up dimming my light – I choose to shine

I give up staying small – I choose to let my light be seen

I give up being silent – I choose to speak my truth confidently

I give up shouting – My words are poignant and clear

I give up excuses – I choose to say yes

I give up accusations – I am responsible for my actions

I give up resentments – I forgive all those who hurt me

I give up solitude – We are all connected

I give up labels – We are all one

I give up rejection – I accept myself and others completely

I give up mediocrity – I choose excellence

I give up judgment – I embrace all people and things as they are

I give up needing to be someone I am not – I am whole and complete

I give up perfection – It is already perfect


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