One of the greatest teachings I’ve learned thanks to the practice of Mindfulness is:
"Don't believe everything you think."
Although our mind is a magnificent instrument when it is trained to help us deal with our daily life and support our inner growth, it can also represent a double-edged sword if we let it roam without limit. As Robin Sharma beautifully says:
“The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master."
You can imagine the mind as a computer which records everything we experience in the course of our life, distinguishing what we already know from what is unknown and so perceived as "dangerous".
The fact is that this distinction exists only at the thought level and does not necessarily represent the reality, meaning that what is unknown is not necessarily dangerous.
Because 90% of our thoughts are unconscious, we unwittingly decide to believe all our thoughts, with the consequence that all those beliefs such as "I'm not good enough, I'm not pretty or smart enough, those people don't like me, I can't, it's very difficult, etc." start taking charge of our life limiting our full potential.
To break this vicious cycle, the practice of Mindfulness invites us to observe our thoughts in an intentional way:
- with no judgment;
- with an attitude of loving-kindness so using compassion and love for yourself.
This practice first allows us to distance ourselves from our thoughts, realizing that we are not what we think but rather the one observing the thoughts; then it leads us to a path of self-observation and self-knowledge where little by little we learn to let go of all those ideas about what we think we are and so begin to go beyond our past experiences and conditioning: beyond what our family, society, or friends have told you; beyond all the ideas that we have created in your life about what we should be or how we should behave; beyond what we think as right or wrong.
Training your mind with Mindfulness practices is an opportunity to create an inner space of self-observation where the mind is at our service, instead of us being at the service of the mind. By creating a space between ourselves and our thoughts, we take back our power and our ability to respond to life from a space of awareness and love.
You are so much more than you can imagine right now.