“I don’t have time.” “5 minutes won’t even be worth it.” “I’m not a runner/yogi/someone that meditates(fill-in-the-blank).”
Our brains are wired to automatically jump to these types of conclusions. These conclusions are all part of the stories that we tell ourselves and we generally finalize these stories in our own minds before any thought or confirmation.
When we jump to these types of conclusions though, we tend to shut down a whole slew of possibilities and opportunities. Opportunities for growth, connection, learning. We limit our ability to fully listen, and to be present. It all starts with awareness of when you might be jumping to a conclusion. Noticing how you feel, taking a deep breath, and journaling are all wonderful ways to bring more awareness into your life.
Instead of assumptions, the next time you find yourself jumping to a conclusion, approach it with openness and curiosity. Think about it: What if you gave yourself permission to just try and shift your perspective into thinking that those 5 minutes are beneficial? That even though you aren’t running 5 miles a day, even starting out with just a few minutes a day of running does make you, in fact, a runner? As with anything that takes practice, it also takes patience. So be patient with yourself.
“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” -Louise Hay