About a year ago, I did a private Yoga session for a bride and her bridal party on the morning of her wedding. I wrote this for them, derived from my own wedding vows to my husband. I read it at the begining of our Yoga session, as the girls reclined on their mats, hearts facing the sky, arms outstretched.
Every one of them cried.
I've read it many times since then and it seems to have touched everyone who's heard it. Many have copies of it. They asked for them.
I hope, on this my 5th wedding anniversary, it will touch you too.
I . . . take me . . . to be my own life long partner, friend and true love.
From this day forward, I vow not to put anything before the care of my own body, mind and spirit - for it is only when I honor myself that I am strong enough to nurture these things in others too.
I promise to recognize that what I think about most is what shapes my world and give attention only to that which serves me.
I vow to remember that I am complete and I am perfect . . . because what I believe about myself is projected to everyone I meet, then back to me again. So, the stories I tell myself, about myself, will be only the ones that build me up.....fill me with joy, gratitude and love for who I am.
I promise to remember that I deserve a life of satisfaction, abundance and peace. I will not forget this and I will CREATE it!
I vow to learn from the past and then let go of it and be present so that my future can be full of beautiful, lasting and intentional moments.
I will be faithful to myself, reaching for dreams, always believing, remembering that my life is meant to be full of all that I desire and that which does not bring me joY will not be part of my journey.
I swear to laugh and cherish myself.
I swear to grow and give myself room to breathe.
I vow to simply find happiness and to settle for nothing less, ever.
Above everything else and with my whole heart - I promise to love myself today, tomorrow . . . and for all the days of my life.