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Imagine if you spoke aloud every thought you’ve ever had.

Scary, right? You might embarrass the heck out of yourself, or say things you didn’t really mean. Those are givens. What you might not realize is how many times your mind puts yourself down.

There’s an important distinction in that last sentence: Your mind putting yourself down. That is to say: You are separate from the workings of your mind.

This power is what Eastern philosophies and the first yogis and countless other modern-day productivity hackers use to influence their brains to make big things happen. Big things like fulfilling their ideas and dreams that incrementally change the world around them.

For the ancient yogis, that meant teaching others the practices to end unnecessary suffering. For you, that might mean living your life’s purpose (which I’ll guess helps others end their suffering, too).

It all comes back to wanting to matter to the people who matter to you. Are the things you tell yourself helping you do that, or hindering?

If you know your mindset can change you — if you’ve had direct experience of mood swings or anxiety or doubt affecting your motivation and personality — then it’s not unreasonable to believe that you can change your mindset.

Because when the brain changes, you change.

When you realize this ancient truth — that you, not your thoughts, are in the driver’s seat — a whole world of possibility opens.

  • You stop overthinking and learn how to go with the flow, dealing with real issues that are in front of you, instead of pretend situations that haven’t yet arrived.
  • You stop avoiding your goals and ambitions and start finding momentum to make big things happen.
  • You develop a strong connection with spirit and a deep sense of being enough, just as you are.

If just one of those things is important to you, it’s time to stop sabotaging yourself. Because what happens when you stop sabotaging yourself is a life free from worry and a deep trust that you are so much more than the unhelpful thoughts in your mind.

You are not your self-doubt. You are not your anxiety. You are not your <insert ‘unhelpful thought on repeat in your mind’ here>.

Capital-Y You is within, watching and witnessing what you tell yourself every day, and patient when you say some not-nice things to yourself. Capital-Y You is confident that one day you will retrain your brain so that you’re the boss, not the other way around.

If you have ambitions, goals and a plan for your life and you’re tired of the worries that hold you back, it’s time to take back your brain.

Join me for The Trust Intensive, a 6-week course to banish self-doubt and anxiety so you can make big things happen in your life.

Practice: Hare Pose, Shashankasana

How to do Hare Pose, CarenBaginski.com

Hare Pose, or sometimes referred to as Rabbit, stimulates two energy centers in your body: the solar plexus chakra and the crown chakra — places of personal power and of surrender into divine trust. Both are needed for a life free from suffering. Traditional yogis also say this pose stimulates the thyroid and can alleviate anxiety and depression. Note: Those with neck injuries should not perform this pose.

  1. From Child’s Pose, grasp the outer sides of your feet or shins. Slowly roll forward onto the crown of your head, tucking the chin in toward your chest.
  2. Allow your upper spine to curl as you continue to reach back through your arms. Take care to keep the majority of the weight in your lower body. Lift your navel up toward your spine, increasing the curl in your spine and stay for 6 deep breaths.
  3. Exhale and rock back into Child’s Pose, releasing forehead to the mat and arms by your sides.