In the Beginning

The Long and Winding Road

We all start somewhere.

My long and winding road to Mindfulness has had many twist and turns. Most of that has been spent dispelling my own disbelief, doubts, and bought into the myths about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

Myths like:

  • I don’t know how to do it
  • I can’t stop thinking and have a blank mind
  • Yoga is just awkward positions that require you to be thin and flexible
  • That stuff is just spiritual, WOO-WOO, or a foreign religion
  • I don’t want people to think I’m weird with all that chanting and weird noises or words
  • People who meditate have no problems and are peaceful and calm
  • People will just think I’m crazy and don’t deal with life problems

Have you ever thought that? Be honest. What are some of the myths you have told yourself why you can’t try or do meditation, mindfulness or yoga?

My path started when I was blogging in the weight loss genre. I was introduced to yoga for plus-size girls. I was also working with a personal coach, at the time, and we got into a heated debate about the top two myths. She told me to find a blank wall and my response was: “I don’t have any blank walls in my house!” I was actually quite “miffed” with her and went completely to the “she’s not listening to me” and “she just doesn’t understand me” place in my thoughts.

A few days later, as I was practicing yoga, I looked up at the ceiling and saw my blank wall. It was the ceiling! As trivial as that may sound, it changed the course of my life. It was all about perspective and what we tell ourselves to hold on to our “stories”.

Here I am 10 years later (yes, its been a long path) and I am a full believer in our thoughts and our words create our reality in each moment. While I am not an expert by any means, I certainly practice everyday and enjoy the perpetual learning!

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