How Your Beliefs are Causing You To Struggle

Your beliefs and misbeliefs do not have to define you.

Imagine you’ve believed something to be true for the majority of your life. It’s easy to imagine this because, well, it’s literal. We grow up learning beliefs and then establish each of them as truth. These beliefs help us to understand our environment daily. From the colours we see in the world to the bread we eat, our established beliefs help define everything in our world. They even determine who we believe ourselves to be.

But is that a good thing? Should every belief we’ve established as truth that has helped define who we are and what we experience stay with us for a lifetime? Let’s explore.

Let’s start with a relatively agreed-upon truth: the sky is blue to the human eye. From the moment you looked up at the sky at a young age and understood it to be blue, that belief succinctly became your reality. You probably don’t even remember the moment you made the connection. The sky is blue, and that is the truth you’ve known for a lifetime. 

I’m not here to debunk the belief for you. The sky is blue for me, too. Colourblind people have trouble seeing blue, but that’s not what I’m here to say, either. Instead, let’s think about how believing the sky to be blue has affected your life.

You know the sky to be blue. When you see blue skies, you know that the sun is out. When you don’t see blue skies, you know you’re looking at clouds, perhaps a storm, pollution or the night sky. You make decisions based on all of these conditions. When you don’t see a blue sky, you might put on a jacket to go for a walk. But when you see the blue sky, you may decide it’s time for laying out at the beach—or going for a stroll with Taco, your Goldendoodle.

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Wilbert the Wombat Saves the Day Children’s Book

The idea for this children’s book came to me after reading a tweet that said wombats were saving other animals in the Australian bush fires by herding them into their burrows. The myth was later debunked because wombats are actually known to have terrible eyesight and herding capabilities. However, the story lingered in my head, a song that needed to play out. And Wilbert the Wombat Saves the Day was born.

Far, far away in the land down under
where the wombats and wallabies do play,
there lived a wombat whose name was Wilbert,
in his burrow is where he liked to stay.

All day long he would eat and sleep and dig
and only pause when disturbed from above,
by the pitter patter of stomping paws,
showering him with dust he did not love.

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Why Storytelling Has the Power to Help Us Survive and Thrive

Storyteller we are all made of stories neon sign

Storytelling is an innate tool that lives inside all of us. 

It’s in our very DNA. It is an evolution throughout generations. The ability to share stories with each other and to ourselves has contributed to our survival and the definitive growth of the human species. 

Our daily lives are painstakingly built upon the story formula of character-obstacle-goal that has pushed the human race forward into the modern world we live in today. For the human population to survive this long is so much more than just avoiding predators; it’s about connecting with others to form more significant stronger communities, reproducing to continue the human race, and believing in our ability to thrive. This is all done through the power of the stories that we tell ourselves and each other. 

A Brief History of Storytelling

It’s believed that stories originated as a tool to help humans communicate experiences to overcome deadly obstacles in the future. Humans learned through others how to improve their ability to hunt, gather food, avoid predators, and other survival tactics. Humans also used storytelling to spread ethical standards, which led to more peaceful interactions amongst groups, allowing groups to grow more significant than ever before.

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How To Balance a Healthy Lifestyle with Yoga and Wine

Yoga class? Oh, I thought you said, “Pour a glass.”

There is currently a trending idea of mixing wine, beer or other alcohol with yoga. You may have heard of classes like, “Glass after Class”, “Beer Yoga”, or “Downward Drinking Dog”. Besides the obviously clever names, it’s revolutionizing the way we look at a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Fifteen years ago, the general consensus of yoga was that it placed restrictions on what healthy is: no meat, no alcohol, no caffeine. I remember many years ago going to a Detox class with a highly disciplined yoga teacher who said she could “smell the meat” oozing off of the practitioners in the room. I swear she said this as she was passing by me, which totally brought heat to my cheeks.

I get why there is restriction. The concept of the 8 Limbs of Yoga leads us to ultimate Samadhi. Samadhi is considered the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached through intense meditation. Ironically, the term Samadhi also refers to a tomb, so it may be best not to take it too seriously. Nonetheless, in order to achieve Samadhi, one must experience the 8 Limbs of Yoga (Asana/Pose being one of them). And if your tummy’s acting funny from the toxins you’re putting inside of it, there sure isn’t a way to feel those higher vibes in meditation. You know what I mean?

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