Hello! We’re going to try something new this week. Typically, we do our Wednesday Wisdom exercises through Instagram stories but today we’re going to try it out here in a longer form.
This week’s mantra? Trust. While the Monday Mantra called on you to trust in general, this exercise is intended to help you trust yourself more. You probably already trust yourself, you may listen to your gut, your intuition, your inner voice, etc. But fully trusting yourself is a powerful tool that not only helps you feel more at peace and increases your confidence, but it can help you overcome challenges that are holding you back.
The Trust Exercise
To get started, find a quiet, comfortable space where you can relax, undisturbed. This may be your bedroom, sitting room, backyard, park, etc. The point is to have a space where you can spend some time without interruption.
Get into a comfortable position. It can be sitting or laying down. Make sure it’s a position in which you can totally relax.
Once you’ve found your comfortable position, take three deep, cleansing breaths.
Breath in while counting to 3.
Hold your breath while counting to 3.
Release your breath while counting to 3.
Do these at least three times but you can also do it longer. The point of this breathing is to help you clear your mind so you’re only focusing on your breath.
With every exhale, release the tension in your body and inhale relaxation. Start at the top of your head. Relax your forehead, your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw, your neck, your shoulders, your chest, and so forth until you relax your toes.
As you start to relax, you hear the gentle sound of ocean waves. You open your eyes to see that you are floating on a big, soft float in the middle of the ocean. You are safe and the water is calm. You have everything you need to rest for a short while.
Look around you. What does the sky look like? Is it empty or is it populated by fluffy white clouds? Is the sun high up in the sky? Is it rising? Is it setting? Do you hear the sound of gulls and the breeze on the water?
Continue to breath as you feel yourself floating. As you float, imagine that color begins to seep out from around you. Let it be something that you need to get out. Maybe it’s anxiety or stress or negativity or the feeling of being stuck.
What is that color?
How does it look?
How does it feel?
Let us seep out of you. Release that energy, it doesn’t serve you and it doesn’t help you move forward.
Now, imagine the ocean taking that color and changing it. It’s changing that energy into something that will serve you, something that will help you see with clearer eyes, and listen with receptive ears. This energy is now being given back to you in its new, positive form.
What color is it?
What does it look like?
How does it feel as it seeps into you?
This is the energy you need to help you trust yourself. To understand that answers are already within you. That you have all of the tools you need to move forward, to help yourself, to help you family, your community, your clients.
As you imagine that trust coming into your body, continue to visualize yourself floating on your big, comfy float in a calm ocean.
Float there as long as you need. Remember, you are exhaling stress and inhaling calm and peace.
Once you feel ready, start to come back to the present. Start at the top of your head and make sure that any tension you might still be holding gets released. Go one part at a time, slowly and deliberately. Once you get to your toes, open your eyes.
Trust meditation journal prompt
One of the things I find that helps me hold onto the lessons I learned during meditation is to write about it. In a journal, I write a quick description of the meditation I did, in this case I wrote “Meditation for Trust.”
Under that I write what I saw, what I felt, and anything that came to me during that time, good or bad.
If you’d like you can draw or write a poem. The point is to create a more tangible way for you to revisit this experience as you need it.
When you’re done write down one thing you can do this week that will help you sow the seeds of trust in yourself. Is it tackling a big project? Is it starting a task or a hobby that you’d been reticent to start before? Is it letting go of something that’s been hurting you or holding you back?
Trust yourself: you already have the tool you need and the answers are already inside of you.
Before you finish, be sure to thank yourself for showing up and for being here. We appreciate you and the work that you’re doing.