When given a choice, sitting down beats standing up if you want to hide, stay put or not speak up.
Why would you want to stand up when you can sit and watch the world go by?
Sitting amongst the crowd feels safe; where there is little pressure to perform and no risk of being criticized. Who wouldn’t prefer this?
It all makes sense in the short-term; it feels good to be in a place where anxiety is abated, where you can sit smugly nodding your head until something deep within you begins to squirm; that is your inner voice restlessly trying to be heard.
Have you ever said ‘yes’, when you meant ‘no’, or kept your opinion to yourself because it sounded silly or allowed people to take advantage of you because it seemed easier to keep quiet?
Either way, you are not speaking up for your needs and wants, be aware, there are serious repercussions in the long term you may even forget who you are and what it is you want.
How sad to live a life that is not authentically yours, but one that is about others and avoiding criticism at all costs.
Jeopardizing the most beloved thing of all… You!
What would it mean to stand up?
Standing up means, you speak your truth, despite other’s judgments.
Standing up means you are the captain of your ship.
Standing up means you are being true to yourself.
Standing up means you love and respect yourself.
Standing up means your life is as important as other’s lives.
Standing up means willing to take risks to live authentically.
Standing up means you appreciate other’s speaking their truth as well.
Standing up means you listen to your heart.
The choice is yours.
Sit down or stand up!
Recipe: Stand Up Meditation
Find a comfortable place to sit, preferably a place with few distractions
Take a moment to settle down, close your eyes and then take 3 deep breaths
Pick one affirmation which resonates with your present situation, repeat for 3 minutes
I have the right to speak my truth
I live an authentic life
I can say no
I am strong
I love and respect myself
I can resolve my challenges
Or create your own.
Devote the next 3 minutes repeating this affirmation out loud or silently to yourself.
The last 2 minutes remain sitting and bring your attention to the warmth and power your body feels.
When ready gently open your eyes and move on with your day.
Repeat several times until you internalize this message.
Trust, you can now stand up.