“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, either way you are right” Henry Ford
When it comes to your inner mind, your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and expectations are very powerful. They shape how you see yourself, and what you think you are capable of.
Beliefs are based solely on our generalization from the past, experiences, and other people’s messages about us, and the meaning we make from those experiences.
When I was little, my older sister struggled in math. My dad made a statement that our family wasn’t good in math. So every time I struggled to learn a new math concept, or did poorly on a test it reinforced this belief that our family wasn’t good in math, that I had no hope of being good in math. Despite the fact that my mom was very good in math, I marveled at her ability to correct my math homework upside down from across the kitchen table, I only acknowledged the experiences that proved my belief that our family wasn’t good in math. This belief served me well, rather than stay inside and study my times tables, I said, ‘our family isn’t good at math’ and went outside and played instead. The resulting poor grade on my 4 times tables reinforced my belief. It wasn’t until high school when I was taking high level scientific math that was required to apply for the college program I wanted, that I realized, “I’m actually pretty good at math!”
You developed these beliefs to make sense of the world. In Irish dance, a dancer develops these beliefs to make sense of their results in competition, which often seem random and arbitrary, especially to a young mind. But often these beliefs a dancer creates are holding them back. These are called self-limiting beliefs.
In this meditation, we will release these self-limiting beliefs and replace them with more positive ones. Allowing the dancer to see things in a new light, and believe more strongly in their abilities