I want you to try this. Get a piece of paper, start a note or if you are stubborn just make a mental list. I want you to complete this;
Before I ask what you came up with I want you to throw it away, delete it or forget everything you listed. Instead, I want you to do this….
Do you notice the subtle difference? All I did was add a period. I don’t mean to waste your time, but what kinds of time do you waste with the stories you tell yourself about yourself all the time?
Last year I completed a great teacher training with Rachel C. at Yoga Soul. We did and exercise similar to this. I was presented with a sheet of paper reading
“I am…” the idea was for me to proceed with who I thought I was. Later on down the page was the same phrase to be completed later during the training.
Sure, yes, like many of you I started listing all kinds of labels I claim. Sister, Daughter, Runner, Human, Dog mom, Girlfriend, blah blah blah. I stopped. What’s the point of all of this? I didn’t ask, but I struggled. I really just wanted it to be basic. I was having this fight with this sentence in my head. All of these labels. I could look back and tell you precisely what I wrote, but it came down to this.
I am human.
I could have made it even simpler and just added that period. At the time I didn’t really think too much into it. It just felt like what I needed to put down.
Launch into a new year, a new state, a new “home” and new job. I work quite a distance from home, and if given me ample time for podcasts and music. I happened to be listening to WanderLust pod cast featuring a pre-recording of the now late Wayne Dyer wanderlust presentation.
He talked about yaweh, I am, and I had a great realization! I’ll tell you about it next time. For now, take some time and listen to the podcast…