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Saying Yes to Life

Saying Yes to Life

A friend of mine today shared with me a beautiful song by Wahkeena Sitka called, “Total Permission to Say Yes to Life.”  The lyrics are beautiful, including lines like, “I give myself total permission to listen to my heart,” and, “I give myself total permission to make myself happy.” The timing of my friend’s decision to share this with me was serendipitous because allowing myself to live my life fully without being held back by insecurities is something I have been thinking about quite a bit about lately.

Many of us harbor deeply rooted emotional conditioning that has left us with internalized fears and anxieties that, in turn, lead to behavioral patterns that may not serve us.  I sometimes run scared from uncertainty and the possibility of failure and in the past, that has prevented me from fully embracing my life and making the most of my potential.

I realize that, as ingrained as this emotional conditioning is, allowing it to direct my decisions is a choice.  Saying yes to life is not something that is always easy or that just happens.  We have to make a conscious decision to stop listening to our fears.  What makes it difficult is that our fears do not disappear the moment we make that decision.  When we choose to embrace life, we are not choosing to stop being afraid, but rather, to make courageous, life-affirming decisions despite our fears.  It is often difficult to accomplish, but it is empowering to know that the decision is ultimately in our own hands.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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9:11AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Be Happy
Don't worry......

1:38PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

I agree with Norma V. sorry

12:31PM PDT on May 11, 2012


11:27PM PDT on May 5, 2012

It seems we need to give ourselves permission to enjoy life and being worthy of silly is that?

7:48AM PDT on May 5, 2012

Yes! yes!! YES!

6:39AM PDT on May 5, 2012

Go for it!

4:28PM PDT on May 1, 2012

interesting approach to living more fully

4:07PM PDT on May 1, 2012


2:27PM PDT on May 1, 2012

sound advice thank you!

1:10PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Why on earth would you need "permission" to enjoy life or "make YOURSELF happy"?????
And WHO do we need "permission" from, the POPE? Or the TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE WHO SAYS WE CAN'T HOLD HANDS? We ALREADY have permission from our CONSTITUTION. We live in AMERICA, NOT THE MIDDLE EAST. We have the RIGHT to
PURSUE HAPPINESS IN ANY WAY WE CHOOSE. We can have as much SEX as we want, we can have as much PLEASURE as we want, as long as we don't hurt anybody else. We don't need PERMISSION FROM ANYBODY!

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