Who are you, really?
.... we'll come back to that a little more closely in some later posts. For now, let's begin our series of self-inquiry by starting with a story. Your story.
Ancient cultures have long understood the importance of storytelling. Humans use stories to explain, to make meaning, and to teach lessons. We even create stories about ourselves, which makes sense when you consider we are each the main character in our own life experience.
Do you have a story about who you are? What are the components of that story? Are they what you want them to be? Do you know that you can change them, if you want to?
Most people's stories include pieces of past experiences - both 'good' and 'bad' - that impact your beliefs about yourself and others. Ultimately, these "pieces" from the past can (and do) influence your feeling states and your behavior, most of the time completely unconsciously. It is necessary to make these patterns conscious so that you can determine with intention what you would like to continue choosing for yourself. This is part of stepping into your power.
Before you start, let's center. You'll need a notebook or journal handy.
Close your eyes or soften your gaze downward, and begin to turn your attention inward.
Feel your feet, or sits bones planted firmly on the earth beneath you. Reach the crown of your head up toward the sky, nice long straight spine, and roll your shoulders gently back and down, away from the ears.
Bring your hands to your heart.
Breathe deeply and slowly in through your nose....
..... and then slowly exhale fully, emptying your lungs completely....
and again, inhale.................. exhale.............. simply watching, letting your attention land softly on the breath as it moves through your body....
.....one more time........ inhale..................... and exhale. Beautiful.
Go ahead and gently bring yourself back by opening your eyes and turning your attention back to these words. From this space, grab your notebook or journal, and take a few moments to reflect on the following prompts. You may choose to write, sketch, or simply ponder your reflections. Do whatever works best for you.
- What is your earliest memory?
- As a child, what did you love to do?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- Draw or describe your younger self - what do you remember?
- Are these things still true about you?
- Is there anything that you miss?
- Is there anything that you wish you could let go of?
- List 5 memories that stand out to you from your life so far, and take some time reflecting on each one. What do you remember? Why does it feel important?
You're starting a dialogue with the most important person you'll ever get to know. Take the time to really be with yourself around this, and try to meet your answers with compassion and without judgement. Take as much time as you need, and know that you can always put this down and come back to it. But come back to it.
By shining the light of awareness on pieces of your story, you are beginning the important process of increasing your self-understanding and knowing yourself more fully. These are necessary foundations to lay on the path of growth. I commend you on your courage and curiosity, and I can't wait to see you next week.
From my Heart to yours,