Most of us have very rigid ideas of who we are and how life is for us; this is our drama. When our view of life is distorted by these narrow perceptions, the freedom and opportunities we have can become very restricted.
Stop for a moment and consider the wide and vast array of potential experiences that you have available in your life. Think about how each new experience you have ever had has opened the door to even more new experiences and opportunities. Now consider the immense range of likes and dislikes, wants and donít wants, can and canít dos, that you carry within you.
Which, if any, of these beliefs would you be willing to question and possibly give up? Who are you? Ask yourself the following 10 questions:
1. What kind of a person do you believe yourself to be?
2. Are you good-looking, ugly, or somewhere in the middle?
3. Are you too skinny, too fat, or just right?
4. Are you smart, dumb, or average?
5. Are you a very hard worker, or do you think of yourself as generally unfocused?
6. Are you capable of great things, or pretty average in your potential?
7. Is life unfair or good to you?
8. Are you receiving all that you deserve from life?
9. Are people in your life generally trustworthy?
10. Do you Ēfit inĒ when in social situations or are you an outsider?
Take a moment and consider this: Any answer you gave was a belief. It was based solely on your perception of yourself and on your drama.
How might your beliefs limit you?
If any of those beliefs were to change, how could that improve your life?
What would it take to begin to let go of those beliefs?
Adapted from Present Moment Awareness, by Shannon Duncan (New World Library, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Shannon Duncan. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from Present Moment Awareness, by Shannon Duncan (New World Library, 2003).