I was listening to a podcast last week and this sequence of words I heard Tony Robbins say struck me as so profound I had to listen to him repeat the words over and over again. He said, 'The story that protects you also imprisons you'. Read that again ... the story that protects you also imprisons you.
How often do we create stories within the confines of our minds about our relationships? Relationships with ourself, our intimate partners, our friends, our co-workers, our work, our belief systems, etc. How often do we get stuck in the mindset of 'I'm right, they're wrong,'? This mindset eliminates any possibility of broadening our perspective and enabling connection with whomever is on the other side of this crazy tale of the fear based mind. How many times throughout the day are we caught up in thoughts that would distract us from the present experience and the truth that dwells there? What purpose does this serve?
Any story we conjure up is a separation from truth - truth as love - and will only serve to keep us disconnected. Disconnection yields suffering in so many ways; stress, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, the repetition of unresolved issues and so much more. This is precisely what Tony Robbins meant when he said the story that protects you also imprisons you. Creation founded by the ego is destructive regardless of which way you look at it. Creation founded by love is the only opportunity we have for freedom, connection, happiness and growth.
It's easy to be in a constant state of story engagement when the tools and practices of self-inquiry, mindfulness and self-development aren't in place. But it's hard to live like this. It hurts to live like this. Staying within the realm of the story keeps us anchored in pain, struggle and limitation, while breaking free from the attachment unlocks potential we couldn't before see.
Once we heighten our awareness enough to know that these narratives are false we must hold ourselves accountable for their dissolution and our ascension. Once we acquire the techniques of mindfulness (knowing what we're thinking when we're thinking it) we have the faculties to shift our thoughts, witness the stories evaporate and re-center our awareness on the truth that is - and always will be - love.
Check your stories. Are they rooted in fear? Are they keeping you small? (The answer is 'yes'). Ditch the stories and open yourself up to infinite possibilities. The choice is yours and it's one that holds power beyond measure.
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Lauren and Samantha