Even though I write in a gratitude journal to help me focus on the positive things in my life, there are some days when I get frustrated and tired of dealing with my weak muscles. On days like that the song that Carrie Underwood sings, Jesus take the wheel, often comes to mind. It so simply conveys the idea of surrender to a higher power.
Yet, putting this idea into practice was a real struggle for me.
I recently began experiencing pain in my leg. For the first week, I was hoping it would go away. After 3 weeks, it was still there and I was not happy about having to see my doctor. I remembered reading an article which suggested that if you say to yourself, “I accept ________” and fill in the blank with whatever is bothering you, it can really help you to surrender and give up control. I do better if I actually write things down, so I wrote, “I accept that I have pain in my leg and I don’t want to go to the doctor “. I still have pain in my leg, but much to my surprise, my attitude changed from not wanting to seek treatment to looking forward to finding the cause or relieving the pain.
According to Panache Desai, a spiritual teacher, if you do this daily, you begin to stop judging yourself and the situation. Instead, on a subconscious level, you begin to recognize the sacredness of yourself and allow yourself to connect with your true spiritual self, which is all love and all good.
When I feel myself getting frustrated or angry, I take a deep breath, get my gratitude journal and write down what I need to stop resisting and simply accept at that moment. Already I feel like I have less bad days, and I am a little better at dealing with situations which were difficult for me in the past.
It takes 21 days to form a habit. Now I am looking forward to this practice becoming a habit so I can try it when I get mad at my husband. . . . . 😉