We all use labels to describe who we are – a mother; baker; blonde; lazy – but such narrow definitions limit who we really are and who we can be.
Your mind will always judge you. It’s what a normal mind does. It’s more important to look at your actions, learn from them and let those judgemental thoughts just drift by.
In the late 1700s, Scottish poet, Robert Burns, believed an ability to see ourselves as others see us would free us from ‘blunders’ and ‘foolish notions’. Observing your ‘self’ can certainly offer some freedom from the harmful stories you can tell yourself.
Some heroes are reluctant to go back to their old world after a dramatic life experience, while such a return can benefit both them and their society.
As we struggle to overcome the realities of life, myths can show us that it is often better to leave the battlefield rather than continue to fight.
We can use art, literature and mythology as tools for personal growth as we share the emotions and tribulations of our fictional heroes.
We can make excuses for not doing the things we really want and end up missing out on life’s adventures. Don’t resist and yes more often.
Our thoughts can be like a chess game, a constant battle between two sides. We could also choose not to always play those pieces and be the chessboard instead.
Take a moment to listen and be aware of your thoughts, then ask if those thoughts are really you, or are you just the witness to those thoughts.