‘Wherever you go there you are.’ - The Buddha
Our core values about ourselves shape our life journey as we write storylines about who we are, who we aren’t, what we can and can’t do. Our stories can set us free, but they can also imprison us, and leave us stranded, unmotivated and standing still. This exercise will prove that you are in the drivers seat. You have creative power over your life if you choose the take the wheel. What new stories would you like to tell? What old stories are not serving you? Are you shy? Or can you own the stage? It’s time to flip your scripts, get out of your own way and be amazed at what happens !
1) Seeing your Storylines
- Think about a time in your life when you said: I can’t, I could never, or conversely, “this is just the way I am.” Write down a few of these sentences in your journal and choose one to work with.
- Write the context of this statement about yourself: where were you? Who did you say it to? What was the situation that you were trying to create, or to avoid?
- Now go deeper: what is the ultimate storyline that you were writing with this?
- Now even deeper: If this story wasn't true, how would your life change?
2) Flipping the Script
- For one month, let go of this storyline. Choose not to believe it. Instead, write the opposite story, and live it fearlessly.
- After one month, answer the following questions in your travel log:
- How did your life change when you embraced this new story?
- What happened? (give a concrete example)
- Did you have to give anything up (a fear, a relationship?)
- What began to shift in your mind and in your life? Did you have new life experiences, or even career possibilities?
3) Do it again, and again!
(EXERCISE ADAPTED FROM PUBLISHED VERSION IN WANDERLUST: A MODERN YOGI'S GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR TRUE SELF [Rodale Press 2015])