* Each Monday, or as required, apply a new affirmation to your daily practice*
As the saying goes, yes, it’s true “comparison is the THEIF of joy” when we compare ourselves from a place of lack. And when doing this, you are doing three things:
Causing yourself suffering by highlighting what someone else may have, be or feel based on your own assumed differences between yourself and them i.e., that they have what you think you don’t – the gap of lack. This comes from a place of attachment (raga), of wanting and of living outside of the present moment
Reinforcing the belief that YOU ARE not ENOUGH. A convenient assumption your mind made about yourself some time ago to keep yourself safe (mentally, physically, and emotionally) – and of course as we know, this unconsciously infiltrates every aspect of our lives if left steering the ship
Defining yourself based on how you perceive your external world (this includes others, material things, events, everything!). You are giving YOUR POWER away by creating an identity that is based on what is around you rather than empowered by what is truly within you.
So, here’s what I wanted to share today, and it comes back to the premise that “perception is projection”.
This means that how we perceive, view, and respond to the world around us is based on what we think, feel, and perceive about ourselves i.e., we are projecting our internal perception of self onto our external world – that we are not enough, and so no matter what the world serves you or you deliver to the world be it how beautiful you are, the quality of work you produce, how much you love another… you will never be enough or good enough...
AND when we begin to unconsciously allow our external to define and reinforce our internal as mentioned in point number 3, we reinforce our existing perception of self and thus the belief that YOU ARE not ENOUGH.
Projection from a place of lack is not shameful, it is not worthy of self-hate, or non-forgiveness. It is simply unconscious. And where we have unconscious perceptions, patterns, behaviours, thoughts, and feelings this is indicative of what we can work on next. What shadows we can shed light on, where we can reclaim our power and work to project through an EMPOWERD, compassionate and resourceful view of our internal.
It is important to note here that, we ALL do this. That means for example, when someone lashes out at you for a reason that does not make any sense (maybe you spilt the milk and it seems as though the house is falling down), they dislike you and engage in bullying type behaviours etc. etc. that they are also (in most cases) likely to be unconsciously living “perception is projection”.
YOU are ONLY defined by who you are on the inside and how YOU perceive yourself, not by how others appear to perceive you. Therefore, it’s time to take back your power and begin to change this internal narrative and perception of who you are!
So, what does this look like? This looks like noticing where you are allowing your internal to be defined by your external. This looks like working to shift your internal perception of self, of who you think and feel you are. AND it looks like giving yourself permission to be and celebrate who you REALLY are on the inside because when push comes to shove the only person standing in your way of becoming the best most empowered version of you is you!
I give myself permission to be and celebrate me.
Suggested daily practice:
Each and every morning -
Brush your teeth
Drink a glass of water (filtered is preferable)
Take a comfortable seat (maybe put on a salt lamp, some soft music or light some incense if you like)
Take three deep belly breaths (Raja pranayama)
Have your affirmation written out before you and begin to silently repeat your it in your minds eye
When you feel ready, close you eyes and continue to repeat the affirmation
Feel what it feels like in your body to fully surrender to your affirmation
Notice these feelings, let yourself truly experience them
Say It. Feel It. Live It - continue for a minimum of 5 minutes and when you are ready begin your beautiful day!
Love & kindness,