I ask them to sing.
To be silly.
One of the things I have them write is a sentence that begins with I take responsibility for ________. They then finish the sentence and keep writing for a few minutes.
The great thing about this journaling is that because I have gotten them hot and sweaty and taken them to the edge in their yoga practice, their writing is more raw, less thought out as it were, less inhibited. More truth-filled.
They get more by thinking less.
Oh, the irony. The sweet irony.
I ask them how many times they keep a journal by their mat in yoga class. Most said never. It’s like taking a journal with you into your dreams.
So they finish this sentence I take responsibility for ________. On Sunday, in NYC at Pure Yoga, I looked around at my packed workshop as they were writing this portion and I noticed all the faces got dark as if a cloud of worry and guilt landed between their eyebrows and started to rain heavy thoughts.
I suggested to the room Don’t forget to take responsibility for your awesomeness too.
The room lit up. The weather changed.
It was as, all at once, they all thought Oh yea, I am awesome! I forget sometimes.
We all do. We are human. Hopefully.
Sometimes these questions lead us to the corners of our souls, and that is fine. We need to look there every once in a while and clean it out. But I would like to invite you all to go to the light places. The places where you are having a dance party (we do that in my workshop as well.) The places were you are your best self.
Your highest self.
Today’s DMC, or Daily Manifestation Challenge is this: What can you take responsibility for in your own life? In the comment section below, start yours with: I take responsibility for ______________.
Also, take a look at where you are taking responsibility for what is not yours. For example, I no longer take responsibility for my dad dying. Not mine. I give it back.
Are you giving someone else responsibilities that aren’t theirs? How about this one: He makes me feel so bad about myself. My last relationship before I met my husband was this kind. The kind where I gave him all the power, blame and responsibility. I was unhappy all the time. I mean, I must’ve been if I refer to that time as The Dark Years.
Last night in class it was our mantra. Whenever the hands come to prayer my students silently said ” I take responsibility for __________.” They filled in the blank with their own private universe.
The hands came to prayer at least 50 times so my hope is that a sort of rewiring occurs. My hope is that the cable has been re-installed, the lights came back on, the rent got paid. My hope is that they walk out of the room and into their homes with that new thought in their mind which, in turn, will shift their lives, in small or not so subtle ways.
I gave out my Manifestation bracelets yesterday in class. I told my students to look at that blue band and remember what they can take responsibility for.
One of my favorite students, a handsome older man who is a grandfather (he’s the one who told me I give mini semi-Jewish church-like sermons) sent me this email last night:
Dear Jen, The bracelet is already working. I realized that I manifest to myself regret and sorrow.
So the bracelet reminds me to move away from that.
Also, the taking responsibility idea — very useful. Hard to do but necessary and
Where do you keep coming up with all this good stuff?
What can you take responsibility for today?
I take responsibility for how far I have come in 3 years.
I take responsibility for my own happiness.
I take responsibility for my choices.
I take responsibility for my creativity.
I take responsibility for my chaos.
I take responsibility for my kindness.
I take responsibility for the people I chosen to have in my life.
I take responsibility for the powerful connector that I am and the connections I make with people.
I take responsibility for my procrastination.
I take responsibility for my health.
Now it’s your turn.
The Daily Manifestation Challenge is back. Manifesting our best selves one laugh a time. One thought a time. One breath at a time.