Affirmation: I am bold and confident. I live with divine audacity.

When my aging father was hospitalized after a stroke, I heard in his voice on the telephone that he felt scared. I felt scared too. My thoughts began leaping from stroke to death, from having my dad to losing him. Tears welled and my voice caught.

I paused. In the pause, I breathed into my power center at the throat. Immediately, I became aware of my dominant intention in that moment to support my dad rather than focus on my own experience. Withdrawing my attention from frightening thoughts, I redirected my attention to the power I have practiced, the power of self-mastery.