As I let go of all damaging beliefs about myself and others, I feel free.

Today, I visited my mind.  It hosted many people in one big mansion. You know what I am talking about -- the committee up there. A judge, a worrier, a complainer, my mom and dad, my brother and even the nun who was my first-grade teacher, each had a room in there. All these people had taken up space in my head and had permanently chosen quarters and set up camp.  They would burst in every time I needed to make a decision, or something happened to me; they would hold a meeting and argue about what I should do, what I should think and how I should feel.

Often, I became paralyzed while they were discussing my life and my future. The funny thing is that this group of squatters was not paying rent, or even improving the large mansion they had invaded; no, they were degrading it, and always chimed in at every chance they got, telling me how I should be ashamed of myself, when I should be scared, when I should not trust this or that intuition or gut feeling. They really had an opinion about every single instance of my life, and at times, they even fought with one another. I remember days when their fighting was so intense, I just couldn’t get up from bed because of it.

Well, today I evicted them all; that’s right…out you go, pack your stuff, and good riddance! Oh, they didn’t like that very much, but today I put my foot down and made sure they all left the mansion inside my brain. It took some time and a bit of negotiating, but they did finally leave. They will want to come back; oh, I know them well enough -- they really like it here. But I must change the locks; I must install Self-Love as the security guard at my mansion’s door and never let them in again.

Now that they have all departed, as I look around, I see that I do have a huge, wonderful mansion inside my head. As I open its windows to let the light and the fresh air in, I begin to plan how to redecorate it and dedicate it to my new family. My nurturing and loving mother, my protective and wise father, my supportive and entertaining brother, and above all, my forever-loving Higher Power. We will rebuild this mansion together, where the windows will overlook the shores of trust and faith, self-worth, and the ocean of serenity, peace and harmony, where the birds of freedom and new ideas will grace the sky.

Today’s affirmation: Today, I will clean up my mind from all the negative thoughts that no longer serve me!

Author's Bio: 

Giuditta Tornetta is a doula, a lactation educator, a hypnotherapist and author of the upcoming book: Joy In Birthing: Daily Inspirations for a Natural and Painless Childbirth. She has dedicated the last twenty years to researching and empowering women through their rites of passage. From the mooncycles to procreation, from birth to menopause. She has a private practice in Los Angeles and can be reached through her website at