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Mindfulness with Cath - Believe

Welcome to Day 2 of my 21 Day Mindfulness inspirations where I choose a word each week to write about and for us to focus and meditate on. Woohoo I'm so happy I have made it to day 2, I'm celebrating this little win!

Don't forget if you would like to enjoy these mindfulness inspirations audibly, I have them recorded on my Beautiful Minds NZ podcast

I'm happy you've decided to take a few minutes for yourself, remind yourself that the world can wait, and that investing time into your well-being is so important. Let's find a comfortable sitting position where you are and take some deep conscious breaths with me. Counting to 4 as your breathe in. Hold for 2, then counting to 4 as you exhale.

Today's word is BELIEVE. According to the Collins dictionary, believe comes from the old German words meaning to have trust. To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. Let's associate the word believe in this blog with 'to trust'. When you think of this word, become aware of what your mind associates this word with. Does it bring up any particular thoughts or feelings? Sit with these for a few minutes and just observe them without judgement.

Why is believing so powerful?

What we choose to believe (to trust) begins in the mind, which has an influence on our actions and how we perceive and interact in the world. What we believe (to trust) about ourselves and the world around us, can either motivate us or discourage us. Believing (to trust) can unlock our full potential, inspiring us to push against limitations and making what we may have felt impossible, possible. Believing (to trust) can inspire and influence others around us, giving others permission to also believe, creating a ripple effect. Believing (to trust) can also influence our well-being in a positive way by increasing our confidence, our satisfaction, and gives us a sense of direction and purpose.

Reflect for a few minutes on the quote by R.S. Grey - She believed (trusted) she could so she did.

There are countless examples throughout history of individuals who achieved the seemingly impossible simply because they believed they could. From inventors who revolutionized the world with their creations to visionaries who defied conventional wisdom and reshaped the course of human civilization, belief has been the common thread weaving together their remarkable stories of success.

I want us to remember that belief is not reserved for the extraordinary few; it is a birthright inherent within each and every one of us. Allow it to be the voice within our hearts that whispers, "You are capable, you are worthy, and what you do matters" All too often, however, we allow doubt and fear to drown out this inner voice, casting a shadow of uncertainty over our aspirations and dimming the light of possibility. Yet, it is precisely during our darkest moments that belief (to trust) must shine the brightest. Allow it to remind us that even in the face of adversity, anything is possible for those who dare to believe.

Belief is not a passive state of mind; it is a conscious choice that requires courage and commitment. It requires us to turn away from the naysayers and skeptics, both external and internal, and to cultivate an unwavering faith in ourselves and our dreams and God (if you believe in God).

So, dare to believe (to trust) in yourself to create the life and dreams you desire. You are the author of your story. Believe in new possibilities that can show up, simply because you choose to align your thinking to it.

As we finish this reflection for our mindfulness inspiration, I'd like you to engage your imagination with me for a few minutes. Imagine BELIEVE was a person. What would they look like? How do you feel around them? How would you describe them? Are they someone you know? What would BELIEVE want to say to you right now so you have a take away today from this time? What actions would align to you believing in yourself, your dreams, your passions. What does it look like to believe in yourself and your dreams? Perhaps you have identified that something or someone in your life needs more love poured into them? Or that your dreams deserve more time and thought poured into them? I invite you to write in a journal as a reminder.

I asked Mia (my 9 year old daughter) these questions and she has allowed me to share her answers. She has dark brown hair, brown skin, a blue shirt and pink shorts (hmmm very detailed!) She is very funny, she cares, and she is very courageous and fearless. I feel happy and safe around her, and she would encourage me to be brave. She would say to me, you are confident and courageous and I know you can do it.

Thank you for joining me on Day 2 of my mindfulness inspiration for your week.

I look forward to sharing with you again next week.

Cath xoxo

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