Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs
Last week’s e-zine was an invitation to sign and commit to a No Complaint Contract. If you didn’t get a chance to join in on this experience, it’s never too late to stop complaining. It will clear the slate for this next adventure in Creating Clear Intentions by letting go of limiting beliefs.
Now is your time to release limiting mindsets and allow yourself to DREAM BIG. So often daydreaming is criticized as a waste of time, when actually it is an important aspect of nourishing our creativity. Being creative cultivates meaning in our lives, expresses our originality, and brings joy and excitement into each day. I call this dreaming your life ALIVE!
This exercise is designed to open your mind to your heartfelt desires. The formal practice of Yoga on the mat is a time to quiet your thoughts so that you can hear the wisdom of your heart. Within your practice, your heart can guide you into places you may have been avoiding or remind you that it’s okay to do less to avoid injury or distraction. This exercise of dedicating time to your personal dreamscape is an exercise in listening inwardly.
It is designed to awaken you to the awareness of unlimitied possibilities for your life and that you CAN actually create your world as you want it to be. If you are stuck or if you are completely unaware of what you want you can still do this project. An intention is a starting place, something to reflect on. You can ask yourself to become awake to the possibility of your intention and to begin practicing it. There are no right or wrong answers. This is a beginning place.
Within the Five Stages of a YogaMotion Practice (upcoming article) the fourth stage of Releases is a time to let go of unnecessary effort. It is a time to feel effortless, fluid and at ease. This is how your life can feel when you are truly following your heart, letting go and living authentically.
Creating time to Dream…
Set aside some time without distraction
This could be 30 minutes today, 10 minutes throughout the day or even throughout the next week. You can return to these lessons as often as you want. Your dreams will become clearer as you give them more attention. Keeping a journal near your Yoga mat is a great time to catch those dreams that well up in your heart as your Yoga practice begins to peel away the layers of distraction.
Evaluate your Circle of Life
Download and print the Circle of Life form. Begin with this Circle as a means to stimulating your dream process. Evaluate each section and place a dot based on your current satisfaction in each pie area.
The closer to the OUTSIDE of the circle, the MORE BALANCED AND SATISFIED YOU FEEL. Closer to the CENTER indicates LESS SATISFACTION. Once you complete each section, connect the dots. What does the shape of your “circle” look like? It may be more of an amoeba or a star or a pear. Pay attention to the low points towards the center as these are the areas that need your attention. As you balance your life this shape will eventually become more of a balanced sphere.
Here’s where you get down on the floor and create ease in your body by practicing slow, gentle movment. Breathe deeply and let go of all unnecessary tension. Prepare yourself to have fun with this expansive activity.
Create your Be-D0-Have Dreamscape
Fill out your Be-Do-Have Dreamscape, keeping your Circle of Life in mind, and begin to visualize what you can Do to Be more fully balanced in your life and Have your dreams come true. Get three big pieces of plain paper and put at the top of each one: BE – DO – HAVE. In no particular order, fill in your dreams on the corresponding BE-DO-HAVE pages. Using colored pens makes it even more fun. Awaken your creativity with color and imagination.
Who or what do you want to BE?
This includes how you want to feel each day, your strongest traits that you want to cultivate as a partner, parent or friend; talents you’d like to refine; etc. Include all that you already LOVE about yourself (Really).
Write these as “I am” statements. In example: I am healthy and happy. I am a loving, supportive mother. I live in gratitude for the abundance in my life. I feel good.
Sound familiar? You’ve done this before. I’ve practiced this for 30 years, and I’m still cultivating and blossoming. Livin’ the dream, baby. How about you?
What do you want to DO?
Include learning new skills, creating new projects, travelling, attending social events, writing a book, playing with your kids/grandkids, creating a new business, etc. Whatever you dream of doing risk feeling vulnerable and new and imperfect. Don’t limit yourself in any way. Have fun!
Today I attended my third Toastmasters meeting. This is a club that I have wanted to join for years because what I want to do is deliver clear, concise and engaging presentations. The excuse that I didn’t have the time or I was out of town too often, finally didn’t work anymore. With the strong nudge from my colleague, I finally tiptoed in.
Observing silently the first two meetings I knew I would need to just jump. If I was going to enrich my speaking skills I was going to need to speak. So today, when there was a request for volunteers to give a two minute impromptu speech, I jumped. It was amazing how much conflict was going on inside my head. Ego was convinced I was not ready. I should wait, observe more and hold back. Instead I listened to my heart and up shot my hand.
Though the topic I was given, with 15 seconds to prepare, was far from my known experience, I actually nailed it. There was a beginning, middle and end with a final inspirational message. Embracing the challenge, I won first place out of three contestants. Even if I hadn’t ‘won,’ just taking the risk alone was the reward.
What do you want to HAVE?
This could be things, or time, or experiences, a personal assistant, a new pet…
Let yourself dream big as you listen to your heart. Lots of people freak out here and feel “greedy” for wanting… Let go of that and open up to knowing what you really want in your life. I know that one thing I want is to have fun and the following quote reminds me to do just that.
“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming“WOO HOO what a ride!”
– Florence Ondré
For me, setting intentions is a power move. It’s how I bring clarity, meaning and purpose to my day, my work, my recreation, and even daily conversations. Setting intentions helps you get clear about why you’re doing something (clarity), why it’s important to you (meaning) and how it moves you closer to your values (purpose).
I’d love to hear from you. What is it you want to BE, DO and HAVE in this one wild and precious life?
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