But three separate times this week, from three very different people, I have been confronted with the notion of affirming myself on a daily basis. When that kind of synchronicity crap starts to happen, I just want to yell up at the sky, “Really? REALLY?!?” Sigh.
In my head... “I am amazing.”
Hang head in embarrassment (even though I am alone).
Can’t keep a straight face.
In my head... “I am enough.”
Giggle. Silently insert Stuart Smalley’s words.
Dissolve into full-on chuckle.
Of course today in my favorite yoga class, it happens again. We are supposed to remind ourselves that we are enough. (FINE!!! I’ll do it! How the fuck does she know I don’t want to do this?) My mind suddenly clicked and remembered “The Hidden Messages of Water.”
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher and doctor of alternative medicine, developed a technique to photograph newly formed crystals of frozen water samples. He published his findings in 1999’s “The Hidden Messages of Water.”
Cue the “Twilight Zone” music... he found that the crystals formed very differently, depending on the attitudes and emotions of people around the water. Clean water and water that was exposed to loving, peaceful words and feelings formed beautiful, complicated, colorful snowflake patterns. Polluted water and water exposed to negative thoughts formed asymmetrical, dull and severely deformed shapes.
The pictures are literally stunning. You can see some here:
There are plenty of skeptics. If you ever want to feel crappy, just google something that you care about and type the word “debunked” after it. Totally deflating. So, whatEVER.
And back to yoga.
I’m in savasana, basically a vegetable on my mat, remembering the images of crystals that were given loving thoughts, and feeling like the 75% (or so) of me that is water might prefer to be cherished rather than loathed. If our thoughts really do shape the physical world, it’s worth a shot.
This excerpt from “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” about using your intentions to improve your health also sticks with me:
Our cells keep replacing themselves daily, and we create whole new bodies every seven years. So it is not really accurate to say that our pasts are locked in our bodies, though sometimes it seems that way. What is really going on is that the consciousness that is creating our cells is often locked in the past—and that consciousness keeps re-creating the same old patterns via old subconscious nervous system programming. If, however, we can change the consciousness that creates our cells, then our cells and lives improve automatically, because health and joy are our natural state.
Wow. Cool! I'm a new woman every seven years? I love that. So I’m going to give this a real try. I am alone in the car every day for at least 15 minutes, and I’m going to embrace my own inner Stuart Smalley. (Hopefully I will never, ever get into an accident while doing my affirmation driving. What would that do to me on a cellular level?)
Goddammit Stuart, I do like you.