Our lives are made up of so many stories. Many of them are related to an experience that was not so pleasant or didn’t work out the way we had hoped. These particular stories have a way of becoming a runaway train. Consuming every moment of the day and every conversation. Unfortunately, when that happens we’re avoiding what is really underneath the story. Something we don’t want to feel or some truth we don’t want to acknowledge.
Think about a story that is running in your life right now. Is there one particular story you keep telling over and over again either to yourself or to others that brings you suffering? Are you stuck in a story about your life and if so, are you willing to look beyond the story for the answers?
Sometimes telling a story can help with our healing process as we have realizations about the experience when we tell the story. But telling the story over and over keeps us stuck in a cycle of suffering and it becomes a cover-up for what is really wanting our attention.
Be mindful by noticing if you are repeating a particular story and then simply stop telling that story. Investigate what is truly underneath the story, you might be surprised at what you discover.
Imagine if just for a day we could move through life without labelling the emotions that are generated by our stories. Such as, I am feeling sad, angry or frightened. Perhaps try dropping the story you have been telling and simply feeling the emotion in your body. Labels in and of themselves are fine but when you bring your awareness to emotions and shine a light on them some form of emotional release can occur.
It’s also useful to remember emotions are subject to change. They come and go. But if you choose to look deeper into the core of any emotion you may discover the answer you have been seeking.
Make a practice of being mindful over the next several days by paying full attention to any story you may be telling and make a conscious decision to drop the story. Simply stop telling it to others and to yourself be present with whatever arises without labelling it and letting it move through you.
The answers we are seeking are beyond any story we could ever tell. And the truth is, the answers we are seeking are not outside of our being they are within. When you live a mindful life you can realize there is the potential to bring resolve, end suffering and discover the peace that is always present in any given moment ~ in the very core of your being. Check it out!
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