Thinking back, I really did have a wonderful childhood. My family was loving and supportive. I lived in a beautiful small town nestled in nature. I had a few close friendships throughout my school years. Despite all of these things, I struggled as a child and adolescent, even through my twenties.
Mindfulness as a practice has been around for a long, long time but only somewhat recently has it made its way into Western society. With a rapid rise in mental health disorders like anxiety and depression in North America, the need for mindfulness is huge.
Spend any amount of time in the personal growth world and you’ll hear lots of talk about choosing happiness, living with positive vibes, and even that cliche love and light. And honestly, the pursuit of happiness is pretty much everywhere you look today, not just within personal development.
Shy and introverted; two words that are often used interchangeably, in fact, they are regularly considered to have identical meanings. In reality, they are quite different. While one stems from a lack of confidence in oneself, the other stems from a preference for a quiet environment. One is something that can be improved through self-reflection and personal growth, the other a way of being and operating in the world.
Introverts make up some of the world’s best creatives, thinkers, philosophers, and even scientists. But the truth is, we’re often misunderstood and even judged by others. Constantly pushed to speak up, participate and be social for fear of being thought to be weird, depressed or damaged if we don’t.
It’s likely you’ve encountered limiting beliefs whether you’re aware of them or not. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to grow up in today’s world without experiencing some form of conditioning which inevitably morphs into limiting beliefs. Yes, you can blame social media, sensational news stories and advertising for this conditioning. But it’s far more likely that you first encountered conditioning and limiting beliefs somewhere else. As a kid growing up.