The Power of Story

Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

What stories are you telling yourself?

We all have stories about ourselves, our partners, our children, friends, parents, siblings. Whether it's the one about being the middle child, the only girl, the shy one, the stubborn one, the disciplinarian or the softy, it's all based on story. These stories are so entrenched in our thinking mind we usually don't realize that when we're in an interaction with someone, we are often relating to them based on story and not on what is true in this moment. These stories limit us and limit our relationships.

 Are you still the same person you were at age 6, or 12, or 24? 

Perhaps your child does hold back in some situations, but does that really define him or her?

Or is your story that boys aren't affectionate, so you resist being affectionate toward your son?

How abut I'm "too old," "too young," "too tall," "too short." "too fat," "too thin"?

How do we break this pattern?

By being mindful, being alive in this moment.  

Mindfulness allows us to slow down and become aware of our limiting stories. As we watch our thoughts arise and then pass, like clouds in the sky, we can see that they are just thoughts. Thoughts that have only the power we give them

Don't believe everything you think.

How much of your life is governed by "I can't" "He can't" She can't" "They can't"?

Imagine the possibilities when we let go of story.