I am strong because of what I have overcome
+ I work to better that which I have not overcome.
I am strong because of the love I have radiated in times when it was not easy to love
+ because I make time to show myself love, to honor the work that I do.
I am strong because I do not fear my future
If I am the most me I can, all will be well.
I am strong because I passionately want to help others
Even if it means I shall live with less.
I am strong because I know I do not always have to be strong
+ I am begging to learn than vulnerability is a necessary part of courage.
Fragility is what makes me beautifully human, humble, + kind
Fragility allows me to connect to the overwhelming love felt in sensing one-ness with the universe.
I triumph through insecurity, doubt, + pain with love for the good that has been — and that will soon come
Though I may be challenged, I have lived deeply + fully through each of my days,
+ thus I can endure all that each new day welcomes.
I carry my memories, love, passions, + beliefs in my heart of hearts
I radiantly + unconsciously commutate them to others through my actions.
I speak to myself + to others, each moment, though every action that I take
I am genuine, passionate, + constantly surprising myself in beautiful ways.
I challenge myself to achieve my fullest potential
I underestimate myself for as far as I have already come.
I have resistance with becoming the best,
I am still, I breathe deeply, + I understand that instead —
I will become my best in the end, but I will do what is right for my soul in this moment.
My body will carry me over mountains, across rivers, through caves, up cliff faces
But it is not a grand accomplishment that my body seeks.
The mark of success is for the mind
My body seeks a connection with the self in the present moment + environment.
To be where my feet are.
My feet know the way
I trust they will lead me on a path that has heart.
My heart beats courageously on; with a slow, steady cadence to guide me through all battles.
My eyes will hide behind their lids, soaking in the glow of the morning light.
My eyes will bead tears when my emotions are too quickly excited.
My skin will shiver + make goosebumps when I am truly astonished.
My breath will leave my body each time I am given the blessing of seeing the universe painted in the night sky.
My mouth will grow a smile when I am contentedly, pleasantly pleased.
My hands will hold yours when you are scared.
+ crochet winter wool mittens.
+ paint + draw pictures to decorate the walls.
+ twist rope into knots to rescue you when you are in need.
+ chop, dice, slice, + cook you a meal that will make you fell loved, full, + happy.
+ refill your coffee, so that your cup will never be half empty.
My arms will be outstretched + open when you are in want of a hug.
My body argues with my mind, though it knows the power of rest shall in the end prevail against all.
My body knows the importance of movement.
The necessity for stillness.
The beauty in doing that which it could not before.
The power in connection.
The gifts of my senses.
+ that there is only one body I have been gifted.
This beautiful, powerful, strong, capable, inspiring body. Once. Here. Now. This. Me.
My body delights in play, the pleasurable, + the joyous.
My body knows it needs + has no wants — so long as it is loved.
My body teaches me to fulfill its necessities, + to hush the false desires whispered from a negative mind.
To open my heart.
To offer up.
To listen with all my senses.
To be where I am.
My body has taught me that I am human.
Because I am human I am beautiful.
I am couragoues.
I am passionate.
I am bold.
I am learning.
I am strong.
I am uncertain.
I am here.
I am living.
I am becoming.
I am growing.
I am thriving.
I am loving.
I am happy.
I am thankful.
+Teresa, OSU CHAARG Girl [@tasandoval]