A week ago, I woke up feeling completely drained. It was a whole new level of drained…when the simple tasks of showering, putting clothes on, and driving to my job seemed insurmountable. I even looked at my toothbrush with disdain, speaking to it as if it were alive: “But you require so much energy.” Something was going on–physically and mentally–so I decided it was best to call ‘er in (i.e., use a “sick day”) and work on restoring my depleted energy.
As I lay on the floor with my dog, a mug of tea, and the remote control, I stumbled upon the documentary, I Am. In the film, director Tom Shadyac (credits include: Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, etc.) contemplates the question: “What is wrong with the world?” and explores the idea that our society–as a whole–has a profound impact on the universe.
Despite the fact that American culture teaches us, at a very early age, to be competitive and greedy in order to succeed, Tom successfully manages to illustrate that our inherent nature is to help one another. Why? Because WeAreOne. And if even a few of us can tap into that energy, we just might be able to convince the rest of the world to follow suit. What a novel idea: rather than collectively destroy the world (and humanity), we can collectively restore it.
In my yoga classes, I often ask my students to repeat the words “I Am” or “Satnam” to themselves during meditation. Satnam–meaning “I am truth”–helps ground us in the knowledge that we are both a unique entity and an integral part of a collective force. It seemed appropriate that I was re-receiving this message on a day when I felt completely empty. Because when we are only able to focus on what we lack, we are unable to give anything to ourselves or to others.
Take a moment to really think about this. If you lack something in your life, repeat to yourself:
I Am Truth. I Am Love. I Am Everything.
And believe it.