The stories we tell ourselves are profound. Our stories can control how we treat ourselves and others, how others treat us back as well as justifying the circumstances we find ourselves in. Our mind is programmed to keep us safe. In this way, it justifies these stories we tell ourselves over and over again in such a way to protect us. After so long, we become compelled into believing these stories. This would be fine and well if our stories were positive. However, a lot of the time, these stories that we tell ourselves are the exact opposite and therefore, can be extremely detrimental to our psyche. It is in this way that our stories can become our mental prisons. As Bill says, these stories become the water we swim in. Because we do not notice, we are fighting an upstream current our entire lives. Eventually, we become tired and it is our stories that will live on.
There is a way in which we can begin to ‘see’ our stories instead of living our stories, obtaining and maintaining a mindfulness practice. When we take the time to be mindful, we become aware of our thoughts that ultimately make up our stories, whether they be good or bad. By becoming aware of these thoughts, we find calm and clarity. It is within this calm and clarity that we can begin to ‘see’ our stories instead of just swimming in them in an endless upstream current. In becoming aware and ‘seeing’ these stories, we realize that we have Choices. We can Choose to continue to be in our mental prisons by believing our stories or we can learn to recognize when the little voice inside of our head begins to narrates them, listen to how ridiculous they sound and ultimately break free from their chains by becoming aware. The Choice is up to us! Choose wisely! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️