Today I’m sharing some affirmations for uncertainty to help you swim with the mysteries a little more gracefully than you did the last time. Embracing the unknown is a sign of trust in something larger than yourself. It’s a practice that reveals answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.
“Life unspools in cycles, some lovely, some painful, but in no predictable order.” — Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow
Demanding that we know the unknowable—declaring that we “need to know” what hasn’t yet been shown to us—is one way to force the mysteries even further into hiding. If nothing else, it’s a pretty miserable way to approach the unknown. We are the ones who suffer then.
I don’t think it’s necessarily bad to not understand certain things, in fact, it can be liberating and joyous to swim with the mysteries. That’s actually the foundation of my spiritual practice.
It seems that we’re not meant to know everything, certainly not all at once and not according to the pretty timelines in our heads (the ones we plan our entire lives around).
That is to say that even attempting to write on the subject of the unknown is subject to the truth that I am not all-knowing… probably, I think, barely one percent “in the know.”
And this isn’t to say we can’t be certain about how we feel and what our priorities are. The point is not to walk aimlessly through life but to embrace what we’re walking through, whether or not we can point to it and call it by its proper name.
This reminds me of something my boyfriend and I like to say in comic response to labels we’d rather not be restricted by: “You can’t put me into a box.” We’re half-joking.
It pays to be open to the mysteries of being alive. One of the gifts is that you learn to relax in the midst of chaos.I’ve learned a whole lot more about the light by being open to the darkness than by enclosing myself in light. tweet this
It’s easy to be thankful when life is bright and kind, but life is so much bigger than we give it credit for—it’s bigger than we can wrap our heads around. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to let our hearts be wrapped up in it, even when we don’t understand why we’re here or what we’re supposed to be doing.
If you’re overwhelmed by confusion, use one or two of these affirmations for uncertainty to guide you into a place of peace first. The answers come when your soul is in perfect position to receive them, and that’s only if you’re meant to know…
8 Affirmations for Uncertainty to Encourage Curiosity, Trust & a More Joyous Experience
1. I am in the process of exploring who I might be.
I am learning, shedding old ways and unnecessary weight. I am expanding into new territory. I am remembering how to see the world through curious eyes and a heart open to another way.
2. “I give up freely what is no longer serving me. I release it to create space for what inspires me.” — Unknown
I gently make my way back to the present moment and see what is not serving my forward movement. The things I have been holding on to, I give up to the Great Mystery. I step into new, open space, where Inspiration can find me.
3. Where I think I am lost, I am ready to feel found.
I honor this confusion as a messenger of greater clarity. Every answer grows from its question. I open up to the answers, and if they’re not meant for me right now, I offer space for the questions to be as they are. To be free from toxic obsession is a gift beyond understanding.In times of uncertainty, what you want is clarity and resolution, but what you get instead is resilience and depth. tell a friend
4. “I have the freedom and power to create the life I desire.” — from The Maven Circle
Uncertainty is my sign to embrace all that has yet to be written and to start fresh with a new story that I begin writing today.
5. I believe in my ability to figure things out.
I am capable and everything is trainable. I give myself credit as I try new things and practice new skills. I am brave enough to tap into my capacity for change.
6. I am ready to encounter opportunities I never thought were possible.
Possibilities are all that I know.“Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty.” @BreneBrown tell a friend
7. I am curious enough to appreciate the vastness of life.
There are beautiful skies far above my natural vision and a solid foundation far below the surface I stand on. The beautiful and the awful is all part of a larger picture. It is not my job to paint the landscape, but to find relief in my awe at just being part of everything.
8. I find revelation in my stillness.
I am patient and paying attention and though I find that much is hidden from plain view, there is plenty being revealed.
Which of these affirmations do you need the most today?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!