Rewriting the Stories That Keep Us Stuck
Last month my primary qigong teacher, Daniel, made a visit to teach up here in Portland. What a delight to not have to fly all the way to Santa Fe, NM! During this rich weekend of qigong, yoga, and Taoist philosophy, there was one thing he said that especially struck me. “If you had a consistent practice [of qigong] for 6 months, your life would completely change...if not for the stories.”
What he was talking about is the stories we tell ourselves about our experiences: the negative self-talk, the voices of people who didn’t believe in us, and the distorted messages of the culture itself. In essence, a story is anything we tell ourselves that over time becomes so strong that we believe it is the truth despite evidence to the contrary.
Stories also can keep us from making the changes we know we need in our lives.
All of us have stresses, but when we are faced with a personal crisis or suffering, it is easy to fall back on these stories with no thought of where they came from and if they are really serving us. Looking deeply into them can challenge our concepts of who we are, but it is also a tremendous act of courage that is ultimately liberating.
This Fall I will be offering a unique 8 week course that not only explores basic assumptions we have about ourselves, it also covers what I consider the most fundamental tools for having a more meaningful, fulfilling life, while navigating the ups and downs of life more easily. This is designed to be a very practical but profound class which is the culmination of many years of personal practice and study. (I’m pretty excited about it. Can you tell?) Keep your eyes open for more details later this month!
What stories keep us stuck personally and as a culture? Feel free to share your thoughts below.
Tabitha Marsh combines Massage & Acupuncture to provide natural pain relief and mental-emotional balance. She also teaches classes on Qigong & Cultivating Health & Wellbeing.