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Who You Are: A Meditation

Stress, fear, uncertainty are all part of our daily “pandemic lifestyle” now. It’s easy for this situation to shake the very foundations of our being. It makes us question what’s really important? I’m sure many of us have started to prioritize things differently from pre-pandemic times. In the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about mindfulness and authenticity and learning to trust our intuition. Today, I’d like to share with you a meditation called ‘Who Are You’.

Who Are You: A Meditation

The Who You Are meditation is written by Brian Vaszily, the author of the award-winning book Beyond Stone and Steel. He’s also the founder and editor of the Intense Experiences website.

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I accept responsibility for my human being, because only I am responsible, but I take comfort in and rejoice that I am so much more.   As such:

I am not the circumstances around me.  

Where I believe I can make a positive impact on the circumstances, I will try. Where I cannot change circumstances, I will accept that they are so, and how they impact my own circumstances is so. But I will not let them bring me down. Instead I will rise above them, as they are not me.

I am not my money.  

And the gain and loss of my money is not me. I respect the good that money can help do, but I also recognize its limitations and how easily it can cause harm to others and to me. I will control my money to the best of my ability, but whether I gain or lose it, I will never let it take control of me.

I am not my possessions.  

The material goods in my life include tools that can help me do and achieve things, and ornaments that can make me feel a certain way. But while I may choose to assign symbolic value to some of these things, I realize they are all still mere things, mere dust, but I am so much more.

I am not my job.  

I may love the work I do, or my job may only be a stepping-stone, but either way it is still just something I do. It may nourish me, it may help others, but I am now and always will be far greater than the work that I do.

I am not my relationships.  

Though they may be the nearest and dearest part of my human life, and though I seek to guide and learn from and share with and stand by them, in our humanness the people I love are not me. I am not the thoughts, hopes, desires, intentions, perceptions nor the actions of my spouse, children, parents, siblings, or friends. I cannot control their thoughts and choices, nor can they control mine. The only control I have is over me.

I am not my emotions.  

I may feel joy, excitement, and other positive emotions, and I am grateful when I do. I may feel fear, anger and other challenging emotions, and I accept when I do. But because I am not my emotions, I know that only I have the power to let these emotions linger and influence my thoughts and actions, or to let go of the emotions so they do not.

I am not my actions.  

But I am responsible for my actions. Where I have a choice of actions, I can only try my best to make the right choices. And where I make mistakes in my choices, I will acknowledge them, try to learn from them and forgive myself. And I will seek to atone for the impact of my mistakes on others, and seek their forgiveness.

I am not the actions of others that impact me.  

I can hope their actions are done with the best of intentions, but I am not responsible if their actions are instead done out of envy, greed, anger, fear or other negative emotions. I am responsible for accepting if they are so, for trying my best to guide, and for forgiving and letting go if they are so. But I am not responsible that they are so.

I am not my body.

  I am not my skin, blood and bones. I am not my fat, my baldness, my scars, or my illness. I am not my body’s desires. I am not my appearance. But I accept responsibility for controlling my body’s desires, and I accept responsibility for doing my best to respect my body, as it and it alone is what houses me in this human state.

I am not my genetics.  

If a part of my human being is fixed and preordained, I accept both the gifts and challenges I have been given therein. But part of my human being is most certainly driven by choices, and so I will try my best using my wisdom and courage to make the best choices where I am able.

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I am not my thoughts.

I recognize that my thoughts have the power to open doors or create barriers for me in this human form, and so I will do my best to manage the direction of my thoughts. But though their range and influence may seem immense, still they are only human thoughts, with human limits, whereas I am unlimited.

I am not my past.  

Anything I have done or that has been done is done. I can choose to learn from it, I can choose to atone for it and seek forgiveness for it, and I can choose to cherish it. But I cannot change it, so I will not let it hold me. I will not let time hold me at all, as I am beyond that mere invention. The only moment to do and be is now, so now is where I am.

I am my spirit.  

I am that which existed before, during and after this body, these events, these relations, and this place. That which exists beyond time and space.  

In my flesh, my thoughts, my choices, my relations, my humanness, I am anything but perfect. But at my core, in my spirit, I am perfect. As we all are.  

And though I cherish this human life, and this temporary body and family I am in, and I am committed to trying my best for all others and myself out of that love, I know I have nothing to lose.  

Because I have been given the gift of this eternal spirit. Because I am my spirit.  

I am pure, I am whole, I am God’s, I am the universe, I am grateful.  

I am love.  

And I have nothing to fear.  

Everything is ultimately good.  

And so it will be.  


I’d love to find out if you would undertake the Who You Are meditation and if you do, please share your experience.

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9 Comments on “Who You Are: A Meditation

  1. I don’t believe in coincidence, so I know it’s significant that just before reading this post I was listening to a podcast that emphasized our unity as cohabitants of this world and brothers and sisters, united in Christ and his death.
    Blessings to you!

  2. A great reminder Corinne – something I’m working on atm is separating my identity from all the superfluous stuff around me – especially the desire to earn approval or to base my worth on the value others deem to give me. I’ve finally figured out that first and foremost I’m a child of God and that’s what I stand on – being the best version of “me” without needing the input from others I used to work so hard for. It will take time, but I have high hopes for myself!

  3. This is what Sadhguru too says ..I’m not my body, I’m not my mind …
    Lovely post as always …ill be back to Monday musings once this alexa finishes …more than anyone these positive Monday musings help promote a positive self outlook.

  4. What beautiful thoughts, Corinne! I love how you describe what we are NOT before telling us what we ARE. Somehow, the whole of what we are is bigger than the sum of its parts. I AM love and I need reminders that I have nothing to fear. God gives us everything we need.

  5. I think I should have read this post last week. I needed it most when someone said something about my anxiety that hurt me a lot.
    Thanks for sharing this post, Corinne! <3

  6. I am…such a powerful prayer to be aware, Acceptance of limitations and growing seamlessly. Thanks Corinne for sharing this prayer and be closer with nature and divinity. I plan to use it the next time I practice meditation.

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