If you haven’t read last week’s blog post yet, please read it before continuing with this one; this month’s blog is all about belief, with some powerful tools to help you shift your beliefs so you can live the life you want.

Now that you have completed the Belief Mapping exercise described from the August 1st blog, the next step is to take some time to ponder your newly-acknowledged beliefs. Frankincense, sandalwood, vetiver, a grounding blend – these are all beautiful oils to help root and anchor you as you dig in deep. Make sure you are in a quiet place, where you can be still and focus.

The only thing to do is quietly ponder how this belief has affected you in a number of different scenarios. It is important to not judge…it is out of alignment for us to judge ourselves in the past with the current level of light and understanding we have. Breathe in, breathe out. Love yourself. Have gratitude for the insights you’ve received, extend yourself some grace.

When you do this activity, the goal is to simply understand yourself a little better. You had a rooted belief that you acted on. You did the best you could at the time. Thank your subconscious mind for sharing a conscious awareness of this belief with you. You now have more insight than you did before, you are growing and progressing as a person, and you can celebrate that fact!

If you find that instead of increased understanding and awareness you are heaping blame, judgment and derision on yourself, we recommend that you stop this activity as soon as those feelings start (don’t delve deeper), and find yourself a qualified professional or friend that you can process with  – this could be a counselor, an energy specialist, yoga therapist, or a coach … anyone who can help provide you with resources and tools that will help you function as you are delving into some things that you didn’t realize were so emotional.

Incorporate both active and restorative poses that are Heart and Chest Openers like all Warrior poses, Cow Face Pose, and any backbends, and feel the shift toward an outlook of more acceptance and empowerment. Core engagement poses like Boat pose help you recognize your inner strength. Deep breathing practices of pranayamas like Viloma I help to stretch tight chest muscles where tension is often held. If you are not familiar, you can find these and more in our book, Essential Yoga Practice. Get your copy here.

We have all been in a place where we have needed to lean on others for support. We like to think of our weaknesses and life trials as opportunities to connect … if we could do everything ourselves every time, it could undermine our need and ability to connect with those around us. And that’s part of what makes this life so beautiful.