“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Is it just me or was this last year a blur? So many changes, and many of them have rocked our world. Can I have a “heck yeah!” on that? When we get shaken, how do we react? For me, when challenged by conflict and outside events, I am tempted to question what my beliefs really are.
Are you a Believer? The Monkees, a band from the 1960’s, had a hit “I’m A Believer”. I will admit I do remember that song. How about you? All of us believe in something – the question is really what do you believe?
What we believe is based on our beliefs. The word believe is really two words be and leave. To be is a mindset – you don’t have to do anything, just be. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” The real questions are how are you being and in what way are you showing up in your life?
When we are being, we are experiencing our life by just being in the present moment. By Be-ing present we are available for all the good the Universe has to offer. All of us have had times of not be-ing present. What does that look and feel like? It can be multi-tasking, thinking about the past, spending time worrying about the future. Anything that takes us out of the present moment doesn’t allow us to enjoy where we are right here and right now.
There are many ways to practice being in the present – practicing the presence of who we are. Try Meditating, Yoga or reading something that nourishes your mind, body, spirit. When you can spend time be-ing and not doing, you allow yourself that special opportunity to get to know who you really are.
The word leave is an action- you have to do something. Some questions to explore are what has to leave you? What do you need to let go of? What belief is not serving who you really are? So what makes up our beliefs?
Do our beliefs actually reflect what are values really are? Our beliefs are made up of values we embody. Just because we believe something doesn’t necessarily mean it supports our values. Before we can let go of a belief, it’s important to understand whether it supports your values; thus serving who you really are.
Staying present and letting go of beliefs that do not serve us are also quite useful for those struggling with conflict, such as going through a divorce or a challenge in a relationship. These periods in our life can be chaotic and stressful. Being able to cope with what’s before you and release old beliefs that may not be your truth will allow you to move through these painful times to a place of peace and joy in your life.
I invite you to try an exercise. On one side of an index card, write at the top the words “I Believe” and below that write down 3-5 beliefs that support your Highest Good. On the other side write at the top the words “I Let Go Of” and below that write 3-5 things, ideas that you must let go of to embody the beliefs you wrote on the previous side. Every day for 30 days, I invite you to read out loud or to yourself the front and back of each card. This is how you can be present and give yourself the gift of affirming your Highest Good and letting go what doesn’t serve you to allow into your life that which does.
When we can be in that present moment, we embrace that feeling of who we are. When we can spend more and more time in that Inner Place, the place within that is our Inner Truth, we understand what our beliefs truly are. When we know what our beliefs are, we then know what we be-leave.
We are all be-leavers – we just have to take the time to be present to embody only the beliefs that support who we are. Wherever you are in that magnificent life of yours…whatever place you are in…Don’t Stop Believing!