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It’s not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.
~ Denis Waitley
Sometime ago, I was practicing Yoga and as I lay on my mat, after a few failed attempts at attaining a crow’s pose (bakasana) and tripod headstand (sirsasana II), I began to wonder why it was so difficult for me. To say I struggled, would be a gross understatement. Balancing my knees on my elbows felt impossible; the more I tried, the harder I fell.
I looked around me in a look of frustration and defeat only to find everyone else in the class holding each pose almost effortlessly. The thoughts flooded in as they often do. My mind told me that I was inflexible, I had weak arms, I had too much body fat, I was racially predisposed to “unbendy” limbs and so much more. On that mat, I realized that my mind was my limitation. The stories my mind was telling me were false. I could see the woman to my left, who was bigger than I was, holding her poses beautifully; so clearly, size was not an issue. One of my favorite websites Black Yogis, shows me that there is no such thing as “black people don’t do yoga”. It was clear that I’d let my mind get the best of me. I listened to the little Miss Negative Nancy that lived in my mind. She was wrong.
After this experience, I began to question every single one of my ‘mind tales.’
Tales such as “pretty girls have straight hair”, “my curvy frame makes me unattractive”, “I speak English with an accent, so people will always look at me sideways”, “I am introvert, no one is interested in what I have to say”. Over time, I have found all of them to be false!
What tales are you being told by your mind? Are you letting little Miss Negative Nancy get the best of you? Are these false stories holding you hostage to your fears? Have you convinced yourself that because you don’t have a solid educational background, it is impossible to succeed in life? Have you convinced yourself that black women don’t do this and don’t do that? If you are guilty of this, then it is time to STOP and re-evaluate.
It is time for a paradigm shift. In life, more than half of the battles are fought and are won or lost in our mind! Losing weight becomes less of a constraint when you “get your mind right”. When you change your mind tales, going back to school and getting that degree becomes a reality and not just a dream. Your mind tales can either propel you to take action in life, or make you a sitting duck reacting to every high and low of life.
See limitations as they truly are- opportunities for growth.
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