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Renew | Naming and Claiming Our Royalty

by Kathy Kinney

Renew.  Look in the mirror and repeat after us, “I will find one full minute today to    pause and renew my spirit.  I will breathe in strength and courage and breathe out anxiety and fear.  I am valuable and take good care of myself.”

Here’s my confession – I used to smoke.  It was a horrible habit and a classic Freudian moment on my part because my father died of emphysema.  It was Cindy who quite accidently helped lead me to the knowledge I needed to quit.  We were teaching a comedy class and Cindy bartered our class for voice lessons from a singing teacher.   Since we split all the revenue from the class I ended up taking singing lessons.  One day as I lay on the voice teachers floor breathing in deeply I had a huge epiphany – I only took tiny little breaths because I didn’t really want to be alive to feel the pain.  It’s was kind of shock because I thought I was doing alright but subconsciously I was full of anxiety and grief.  Smoking was part of not wanting to breathe and once I realized how and why I was running from my feelings I was able to quit.  It’s been years and years since I was given the grace to quit and I’m still grateful everyday.  I now deliberately breathe.  I breathe to cleanse and renew.  I breathe in the strength and courage I need to live life the way I want to and I breathe out the fear and anxiety that creeps into my daily life.  I am the Queen of my own life and worthy of every full breath I take.

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2 Responses to “Renew | Naming and Claiming Our Royalty”

  1. Pamela Young says:

    I am graduating from ASU with a degree in Urban Planning at age 52. As I take a deep breath, the anxiety of my journey to begin a new career melts away from my body and mind. I am worth having what I want in life, at any age, and so it is.

  2. cindy says:

    Congratulations Pamela. We are sending you big rounds of applause and are so excited for you and this great new adventure! Bravo!

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