I read it last Saturday and thought about it all week. Though I have been on a seemingly endless journey seeking enlightnment, and I consider myself a well educated and "wealthy" individual in the sense that I'm not hungry, or unsheltered and I have access to the nicer things in life. Most Americans are "wealthy" in comparison to much of the rest of the world, so ask me for a loan. ;) Essentially, I haven't updated certain beliefs in a very long time. The one that I struggle with the most, is the belief that I'm not good enough (smart enough, pretty enough, motivated enough, THIN enough, etc...the list goes on). I know it sounds very cliche and almost adolescent, but it's a prevalent belief among many people. I'd say most people have this belief at some point in their lives...and that got me thinking.
So if what I believe about myself moulds who I am, then what's to say that my negative beliefs about myself aren't moulding my body, mind, and spirit? I think this is where a lot of deep thinkers fall short, in that the deep thinkers are looking outside of themselves for answeres, as I have been incredibly guilty of this. Even yoga somehow didn't open my eyes to this entirely. It's all about updating my beliefs about myself. If I'm on auto-pilot to think that I'm not good enough, then I won't be...it's simple, right? So if I'm constantly battling my own worst enemy, myself, where is there room for growth? There really isn't. I go in circles because I never really break free of those beliefs. They are deep and they are strong.
Then I read this other article about modern day dieting: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/t
It essentially re-affirmed the fact that I have not re-assesed my beliefs about myself completely...in the way that I have battled with myself over my weight for years because I'm never truly happy with it. I mean, I KNOW that diets don't work because they are hard to maintain...but the reasons that I gain the weight back is because of my beliefs about myself and it doesn't have to continue to be this way.
I mean, I shouldn't complain...I've never been obese. I've only hovered on the overweight line and I generally sit comfortably on the high end of healthy weight, pushing the maximum density during the holidays. But I always feel like crap about myself if I gain a pound, then I feel good if I lose, until I get sick of eating lettuce and then I gain again. This is years of beliefs; decades, centuries, passed down by my mother, and her mother before, and on and on about how a woman should look, behave, and exist.
Anyway, I hope this stirs you to re-evaluate your beliefs and specifically your beliefs about yourself.