“I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace and wisdom.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)
About two months ago, I came across the above affirmation in my spiritual reading. I liked it so much, I wrote it on a narrow piece of paper to use as a bookmark in my prayer book.
This affirmation speaks to me because most of my burdens are mental: judgements, anxiety, negative thoughts, depression. On the one hand, it often seems to me that I want to do and to be so many things; yet on the other hand, all I really want is to be an instrument of God’s love, peace and wisdom.
Last week, I had a phone conversation for spiritual counseling with one of the nuns of Self-Realization Fellowship in California. This was the first time I’d ever spoken with her. She answered some of my questions about my spiritual practices, prayer and meditation. She asked if I use affirmations in my practice. When I said yes, she replied, “Wait a moment. There’s one here I’d like to share with you.”
I waited as she leafed through some papers. She said, “Ah yes, you may like this: ‘I relax and cast aside all mental burdens [here, I began to giggle], allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace and wisdom.'”
I got the message that God and Yoganandaji (my guru) wanted me to know that this is indeed an ideal affirmation for me at this time. An affirmation of the affirmation!
Don’t you love such confirmations? Please share your similar experiences here (in the comments) for the upliftment of all of us. Peace to all!