October 9, 2018

Challenge allows the redefinition of my self-constructed comfort (or ‘confine’) zone.
All words are a social construct - a socially-agreed upon set of phonetics assigned meaning. And they’re a good thing! Without them, without language, we wouldn’t be where we are as a species.
But because they’re a construct it also means they’re arbitrary; words like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ don’t exists in the context of the universe in and of itself, just within us - the universe is neither good nor bad, it just is.
Language allows for the construct of barriers, ie division, which can be useful. However, sometimes I’ve ended up defining myself by these divisions - good, bad; male, female; Christian, Jew; doctor, plummer, etc (I’ve noticed one of the first few questions people ask when meeting someone new is what their job is). And sometimes separation incites disassociation - someone not being able to see another as the same as them because of the arbitrary division imposed between them. Problems arise when I allow these divisions to affect my self worth.
I’ve thought/said/heard people say such things as ‘I’m not very good at yoga’, or ‘I’m not very good because I can’t do the splits/handstand/because I fell out of that standing balance’ - but that’s merely an attachment I have chosen to have to an arbitrary construct (‘good’), and subsequently allowed it to have control over how I categorise and value myself.
When I allow myself to react in such ways I condition myself and self-worth to be defined by these arbitrary divisions. But what if I started to be more mindful; to become more aware of these (often subconsciously) self-imposed barriers and chose to redefine how I perceive them, or even completely deconstruct them?
What if I chose to celebrate my (natural) connections, as opposed to chastising my (arbitrary) divisions...?



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