{mind your words} love

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
- Lao Tzu

During my yoga training weekend in April our teachers brought up the concept of belief systems. Not belief systems in the sense of religion but belief systems as directly related to each of our individual selves. The belief systems we have been creating for ourselves since our life began...the belief systems we continue to build every time we tell our selves "I am ____" or "I can't do ____" or "I'm always ____".

And what rocked my world most from this discussion? What we have created/are continuing to create in our belief system? That shit is one hundred percent going to show up in our lives.

If I tell myself I am weak, I will be weak. If I tell myself I am not good enough, I won't be good enough. If I tell myself I am the embodiment of love, I will be the embodiment of love.

And, no, it's not like you tell yourself something and it just manifest instantaneously. But think about how long you've probably been telling yourself or been told certain "truths" about your character. I find it especially fascinating when you look at familial roles; she is a troublemaker, she is unorganized, he is lazy, she is volatile, she is aloof...for a lot of us, since we were children we have been cruising around and around in this little groove of what role we play/what role we feel we are expected to play.

So, for the entire month between our April and May trainings, I was almost terrified to say anything definitive about myself or the wee men for fear of making it a reality! But since my May training, I have settled down with this new knowledge and now I am just practicing as much as I can to maintain awareness of what I am telling myself or what I am telling the boys. It's amazing, when you start paying attention, how much you notice all the "beliefs" we are constantly throwing around.

Here's another quote:

"Your only identity is I AM undefined and infinite. Any label you give yourself limits yourself."
- Deepak Chopra

Oh hell, one more for good measure:

"Only when you become the conscious observer of all your mental activity and make informed choices do you approach true freedom."
- Dr. Rudy Tanzi

There you have it. A beautiful and simple concept, but an incredible lifelong practice.

Lastly, here's something completely random/brings me immense joy...my Japanese Toad Lily has finally pushed some shoots up! It survived the winter y'all!





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