I Am Completely Stopping

Stopping. Nothing. Trust. Feel.

Tonight in yoga I heard something that really kicked me in the face, in a good way. The instructor started the class reading a series of complementary phrases to pair with our “in” and “out” breaths. There were 12 pairings total but four stuck with me and, I believe, will become my new mantra:

[In] I am… [out] completely stopping.

[In] I expect… [out] nothing.

[In] I trust… [out] my resources.

[In] I feel… [out] my support.

How perfect is that? Again:

I am completely stopping. I expect nothing. I trust my resources. I feel my support.

I can’t tell you how many days I go barreling through life, unable to stop, engrossed in expectations of what-if, doubting myself and feeling like I’m doing it all completely alone. If I take five seconds to recite this in my head, it’ll remind me that:

I have complete control over what I’m doing and where I’m going. I can stop any time I want. I can just be for a second.

I don’t have to know what’s next. Right now will do just fine.

I have everything I need to do everything I need. I am not without. Not without money, not without food, not without family and friends, not without an education, not without love. I have resources.

I am loved and supported and I’m never alone.

I just loved that so much I had to share. Do any of those resonate with you? Do you have a different mantra?

4 thoughts on “I Am Completely Stopping

  1. LOVE THIS. I’m really feeling the ‘I expect nothing.’

    My mantra lately came from either you or another blog:

    Let go. Abandon that which is no longer serving you.


    A wild patience has taken me this far.

    Both are perfect reminders to focus on what’s important and trust the past.

    • love the “wild patience” one! yep, “abandon that which is no longer serving you” has been gnawing at my brain for a while. i think i say it every single day.

  2. I love these. I wouldn’t say I have one other than just simply “breathe.” Sometimes I get so tense and realize I’m taking such shallow breaths. I take a moment to breathe deeply for a while and clear my mind.
    I especially like “abandon that which is no longer serving you” and “I feel my support.”

  3. i had a similar kick in the face moment too today. i was brewing some coffee for the afternoon and while doing so I was reflecting on a conversation I had in a work meeting that morning about some of the challenges our department and our positions have faced this year and what that looks like for the future. I found myself reminded that, as chaotic as things may be there was so much to happy about in the here and now, in the past, and in the future.
    Well as the coffee brewed, I went to sit down for a moment i got my Meditations from the Mat out to read today’s entry, Day 67. Just so happens it began talking about the second niyama, Contentment. Finding happiness within and not “fighting a constant battle against reality” which was a hole I had dug myself more than once in the past year. Its amazing how yoga gives you exactly what you need when you need it.

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