INQUIRY EXPLORE YOUR OWN BELIEFS
“Anthropologists, like the one in the temple builders story, study human origins, thought, and behavior. They are researchers who approach their subjects with genuine interest, appreciation, and reverence, free from judgment. These objective observers possess a deep desire to understand the underlying beliefs of cultures that contributed to their development. Similarly, throughout this blog, we ask you to take the compassionate, curious stance of an anthropologist as you study the origins of your stress.
1. Considering yourself as an anthropologist—curious, nonjudgmental, and objective—what have you observed about your inner culture of beliefs?
2. Which beliefs and perspectives are most prevalent in your internal culture? When facing them objectively, do you agree with them all?
3. Note the beliefs that create a culture of stress and anxiety within you.
4. Which beliefs are important to you now? Which ones align with your current values system and spiritual intention?
5. What new insights arise from your objective look at your beliefs? Which ones are you ready to discard? What beliefs and perspectives do you wish to strengthen within yourself?
Excerpt From: Butera, Robert.
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We are always free to choose our beliefs. It’s always a good time to practice an exercise such as the Inner Anthropologist. We can declutter our minds of beliefs which don’t serve us any longer and plant new belief systems which will assist us in reaching our full potential. It’s not always easy to overcome an old belief system. The longer we’ve been holding onto a certain belief, the harder it becomes to overcome it. We may visualize the old belief system as a river. The longer the rivers run through the canyon, the deeper and wider the canyon gets. If we were to change the course of the river at the beginning, the river might still flow back on its old course until the new course becomes deep enough that the river no longer takes its old course. We must strengthen our new beliefs to take on our new course. To install new beliefs, we must learn to deeply trust ourselves, have patience, and maintain a willingness to stay open. The following yoga Asanas will give us the tools to start creating a strong foundation to gain trust, vitality, and a sense of purpose.