My former Instagram page (@ana.yanae) had been a serious source of motivation for me when I was running it from 2014 to 2015, but I’ve since archived it. (See parts of it here: anayane.tumblr.com)
Now, two years later, I am beginning my Instagram page (@Crishuana_) again to promote share what I’ve learned about connecting with God, cultivating mindfulness for folks of african-decent and the many (many, many) applications of yoga practice, so I started looking back at what I’d posted before. It wasn’t long before I started doubting whether or not I could even produce again. But, coming across this “Sunday #affirmation” post, I was immediately re-inspired. So, that where my message for today begins: we can and should be our own inspiration.
The Buddha instructs us to be lamps unto ourselves. He says, “Rely on yourselves, and do not rely on external help. Hold fast to the truth as a lamp. Seek salvation alone in the truth. Look not for assistance to any one besides yourselves.” (The Buddha’s Farewell)
How many of us have kept a journal or actively make a practice of keeping notes to ourselves? In my own experience, I have been journaling regularly since 2014. It had been a practice that saved me out of the depression and loneliness that came with moving to a new city and having my former partner start medical school. Writing and encouraging myself gave me strength and confidence to change my thinking and then my circumstances.
Now, when I look at my journals from three years ago, I see the triumphs that I’ve overcome and recognize the patterns I have. Looking back reminds me that I have made it! And, with a little hard work, I will make it again. Each of us can think about the times in our life that by the grace of God, we made it over the mountains and obstacles in our lives. When we remember the blessings we’ve been to others and the great mindsets we’ve cultivated in ourselves, we can be encouraged to continue that way. Have pride in yourself and your journey! You are a triumph! Everyday you are doing your best and winning, big or small!
Finally, if this week or this year, you were looking for some inspiration to start journaling or to pick up the healthy habit again, I am here to offer one suggestion. Take a page from chapter four Oprah’s What I Know For Sure: and keep a Daily Gratitude list. It’s easy to note the top 5 things you are grateful for every day.
Skeptical? Let me show you how easy it can be.
Here are mine for today: Wednesday 7/19 at 18:19-
- An invite to interview for a new position helping my community
- A running car with gas and updated insurance
- An encouraging call from a good spiritual friend
- Sunshine during the rain storm
- Cold water in my Thermos to keep me cool…
May we each keep seeking God’s manifestation in ourselves such that we can be renewed without reliance on any temporary and external support. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Book of Romans 12:2, NIV) Peace to you on your journey!
Namaste & Blessings Fam,