Before you read any further, please pause for just a moment and allow your mind to complete that thought. Make a note of the word that rises to the surface.
In a recent yoga class, the instructor asked for us to silently completely the sentence, “I am…”
The first word to come to my mind was,
I Am Capable
Quickly followed by the more critical thought, “Great, so I’m the Toyota Camry of people – dependable, responsible and dull.” And then I remembered that the Camry has been on the most-stolen lists for many years. So apparently there’s at least something desirable about them:)
As the class progressed, people were asked to share their words:
I Am Strong
I Am Present
I Am Beautiful
I Am a Child of God
I Am a Mother
I Am Powerful
I Am Sweaty
I wondered if those were the first words to come to their minds, or the ones they settled on when they realized that they would be asked to share. I know for me, there are days when my impulse would be to fill in the blank with –
I then thought of the power that whatever follows those two little words holds. Saying “I AM strong” is much more potent than uttering “I feel strong.” Stating “I AM sad” is so much more intense and influential than “I feel sad.”
I AM speaks to the soul of you. It says that whatever follows is so important, so vital to who you are, that it cannot be separated from you.
Be mindful with the words you choose to follow “I AM…”
Are these words kind or critical?
Do they describe a permanent part of your character or do they reflect something that is temporary?
Do they illustrate something that you believe about yourself or are they repeated the words that others have said about you?
Let the best of you, the heart of you, follow “I AM.”