Dr Talia Steed (MBBS)

Holistic Doctor & Yoga Teacher



"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be." Tao Te Ching

Posted on October 14, 2021 at 6:20 AM

The interesting thing about language is its power and influence over our lives, in terms of our thoughts, words and actions.


When I reflect on the quote above from the Tao Te Ching, it reminds me of how when we connect the two words “I am” to something, it really cements it into our reality.

It can be from the seemingly trivial aspects of our lives like I am… always late/ always busy, a bad cook, impatient, to deeper issues like I am… ugly/ not good enough/ never going to amount to anything.


But the thing about language and its power, is we can also use it to turn things around. Slowing things down in our lives and our minds through the cultivation of conscious awareness, enables us to start to catch our minds at play when they start to overly identify with aspects of our personality. That if we choose to, can become fleeting states rather than permanent realities.


Maybe if we even started with today I am… it would be a stepping stone towards shifting the direction in which we are heading, if that direction is no longer working for us. So instead of I am always late, we can say “today I am late”, which can eventually be shifted to “I am on time”.


Our internal language has ripple effects on the external circumstances of our lives.

We have the power through our inner dialogue to create a new reality each day. The irony of life is that if we really want those external shifts we need to direct the focus inwards.


Each day we have a fresh opportunity to create a new reality.


“When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be”. This quote shows us how by letting go of the old outdated versions of who we have defined ourselves to be, we can reach towards our true potential and get out of our own way, in becoming the greatest version of ourselves in this life.

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