Lately, I have been thinking of choices. The choices I have made and keep making and the choices that others make and keep making. I am neat, organized, crisp, and clear... I don't like lines that are not straight or roads that lead to nowhere. I like it when everything makes sense, and yet, so much of my behavior and the behavior of others, well, does not make sense.
Why do we choose to do the thing we do? A lot of it is because of our belief system. We believe certain things so many times over and over again, that we create an entire story around this belief, and then keep replaying it.
But, what if we just changed our story?
I was in a meditation weekend workshop a few years ago. We were doing meditations, writing about it, sharing with others, and then going for walks and eating chocolate to re-ground ourselves. And, then, we did it all again. It was an amazing experience. I had one meditation that was so powerful. As I was walking around after writing and sharing about it... it hit me! The story I had told myself for years, and kept re-creating was... well, a bunch of baloney! Not only was it completely untrue. But, I saw exactly what actions I take to keep re-creating the exact same story over and over in my life. It's like a chess game - they do x, and then I do y, and we always end up with the result of z. However, once I saw that the entire game was made up... I chose to walk away from the entire chess game. Think about that for a moment. Sometimes, we call life, the game of life. But, what if, you could change your story and no longer play the game of life, but instead, live in complete inner peace.
I have met people who can do this. I am not saying they are perfect 100% of the time, but, they have a heck of a lot more peace than I do. I read Michael Singer's book, The Surrender Experiment and also An Untethered Soul. I read about his experience of taming his mind, something A Course in Miracles talks about as well.
And, then, these past few months, I got to see the stories I tell. And, I got to see the stories others tell. And... it just all clicked again. WHY? Why are we choosing stories that keep us broke, tired, miserable, sad, unloved, uncared for, not-good-enough, when we can just as easily choose the story that celebrates who we really are. I just finished Joy Challenge, and one of the biggest gifts I get from Joy Challenge each year, is to see how something I create from my heart touches and uplifts so many. And... I have raving fans! People who LOVE what I created. People who WANT to play with me. People who think I am more than good enough. Now, that is a story worth telling.
Look at your life. Where is there pain, dissatisfaction, angst, annoyance? Look at that area. Shine a light on it. WRITE about it... yes, write it all down. When you do, you will see the story you are telling yourself. Does that story make you feel better or worse about yourself? If it doesn't make you feel good, I suggest changing it. Yup, change it. Just create a NEW story. You may think, "wait! I have facts that support this messed up, sad story!" And I say, "of course you do!". You will have facts to support ANY story you come up with (see The Work by Byron Katie to balance your facts out). Don't believe me, watch TV commentary about our current political state. They all have facts to support their ONE point of view. It is called spin. The media uses it, consultants use it, advertisers use it... now, it is time for us to use it on ourselves. Let's SPIN up a story that celebrates your weakest parts. Let's spin up a story that reminds you of Who You Really Are. Let's spin up a story that makes you want to dance in the kitchen and sing at the top of your lungs, instead of crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head!
Here is what I now is true... whatever story you spin up, the Universe WILL deliver. And, well, I know what story you are creating right now, because the Universe is delivering the results of it to you right now. Change your thoughts, change your story, change your results.
Are you ready to spin up a story that delights you? You can join me (for free) in Adventures in Amina this May to spin up a delightful story! Leave your comments below... what are you spinning up so that the Universe can deliver you what you most desire!
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