I attended a yoga event last week that included a guided meditation. For anyone unfamiliar with this, the instructor speaks in a soft, soothing voice and uses imagery to try to evoke certain emotions in you…peace, strength, love, etc. Now I am a huge believer in the power of the mind and in using positive self-talk, but for some reason I struggle with someone else trying to guide my thoughts. I found myself sitting on my mat, listening to the instructor speak, and thinking, “when did I become such a sarcastic yogi?” At one point I was supposed to be imagining myself in the perfect garden sanctuary, but I got hung up wondering if it was humid in my perfect garden sanctuary, and if so, how frizzy was my hair getting? And then I heard, “you are the most powerful person in your life.”

Immediately, the words resonated with me. But then in the sarcastic mood I was in, I countered with, “no, God is the most powerful person in my life.” Hmmm….but God is well, God…not a person. Right? (You see why I struggle with meditation.) So, yes, it is okay to agree that I am the most powerful person in my life. Wow. Think about that.

We forget that sometimes, don’t we? We can feel stuck and come up with a list of reasons why we can’t change the situation. But that’s not true. Each one of us is the most powerful person in our own lives. If we are stuck in a situation, then it is because we decided it is easier to stay there. It’s easier than hurting someone else’s feelings or having that difficult conversation. It’s easier than taking a risk and possibly failing. When we list the reasons we are stuck, we are listing the people or things we have given our power away to. Except that…

You are the most powerful person in your life. You get to decide when you’ve had enough of something. You get to decide who to let in and who to kick out. You get to decide whether to forgive or hold a grudge, to be grateful or bitter, to fight for what you want or give up. The decisions are all within your power.

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