I do a lot of my best thinking while exercising; gentle swimming induces a meditative state giving my mind the freedom to explore and think creatively, running and walking seem to illicit similar thought patterns.
Last September, after I had been seeing my psychologist for a couple of months, we were talking about how I have an underlying belief of being a failure, a disappointment and of being not good enough. Now cognitively I know this is a false perception as I can readily list my achievements and successes in life, but what my rational mind knows and my unconscious mind believes are fundamentally different.
The next day as I was gently swimming, trance-like, up and down the pool my mind started forming a theory about this based on Alice In Wonderland and the belief in impossible things.
“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’
I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrroll
When I got home this is what I wrote in my journal…
Despite all the evidence supporting success in life, the mind holds onto the false belief of being a failure and a disappointment.
We need to believe in the impossible, that we are actually good enough, to make it possible and overwrite this false belief.