23-132 Be Selective #6

Today’s Mandala Message: Be Selective of Your Beliefs

This week I’m working through Principle #25 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Drop Out of the ‘Ain’t It Awful’ Club…And Surround Yourself With Successful People”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of being selective of my beliefs. We could apply today’s message to what we believe about the world outside of ourselves, but for me, I’m more concerned with the beliefs I have about myself…especially the limiting ones.

I think that what we often forget about beliefs is that they are just strong opinions, rarely, if at all, based on fact. Merriam-Webster offers this as one of its definitions of belief: “something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion”. The worst kind for me are the ones that limit me in some way…and they’re ones I’m not even aware of because they are so ingrained and so automatic.

I struggle with determining what my limiting beliefs are. I admit I have yet to any serious work to find them out. Part of me thinks it’s a lost cause. I’ve had them for so many decades now, I fear I won’t be able to change them. SEE! Right there…there is a limiting belief…that I’m too old to change.

Bryon Katie created this process called “The Work” which helps with this very thing…limiting beliefs. It’s a simple process…only 4 questions…the first question: “is it true?”. So why do I struggle to do “the work”…ah yes, here it comes…another limiting belief: it probably won’t work for me. Okay…time to get to work.

A good mindfulness practice would be to keep asking: is that true?

So how about you? Are your beliefs about yourself helpful? Are they limiting in any way? Are you even aware of them?

“The real difficulty
is to overcome
how you think about

— Maya Angelou


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