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“Every morning think as you wake up:

I am alive,

I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself,

To expand my heart out to others,

To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am not going to get angry,

Or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

Whether we’re conscious of it or not, all of our actions begin with a motivation. Whether it’s going to the fridge to get  a snack or deciding to sell everything and build a yoga retreat center in Iceland, we have some kind of goal in mind.

Most of the time our goals are quite self-oriented. We want ourselves to be happy. We want comfort and security. Although there’s nothing wrong with pursuing our own happiness, it’s also good to expand our motivations to include others.

Try reciting this simple aspiration every morning for a month and see how it changes your attitude, your world view and your general sense of well-being.

 

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Ed: Brianna Bemel

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Chris Lemig isn’t afraid of the dark. He dreams in full color and lives out loud. Sometimes, when he sees that your heart is broken, his heart breaks, too. But then he puts all the pieces back together and lets out a great, guffawing laugh that shakes the world to its bones. He loves you even though he’s never met you and he wants you to know that you are brighter than the brightest guiding star.

He is the author of The Narrow Way: A Memoir of Coming Out, Getting Clean and Finding Buddha.

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anonymous Jan 22, 2016 2:02am

I don’t think using negatives is not conducive to affirmations, a contradiction in terms. Also ‘am going to’ points to some future date or event, rather than a state of being. An affirmation is to affirm the now, by doing so, I create it. “I am alive. My life is precious and valuable. I use my energy to strengthen myself and help others. I expand my heart to love all. I remain peaceful, patient and kind, benefit all.” I know it’s supposed to be a quote from the Dalai Lama, seems there may have been a translation issue.

anonymous Jul 27, 2014 10:48am

Chris, thank you for posting. I think true joy (ESPECIALLY when we get blinded into that bubble which is our own issues) is found when we're constantly developing ourselves as WELL as reaching outward. On one hand, our attempts to expand outward may prove futile unless we have a foundational respect for ourselves, but once that is there, the possibilities to inspire, create, and change the world are endless.

Susan DeRosa Hogue Mar 12, 2017 4:08pm

Thank you for making my day brighter

Andrew Sanders Feb 12, 2017 5:10am

i love it! have to remember that one