I have learned many things that really improved the quality of my life by leaps and bounds. Out of all the things I learned however, one of the most powerful lessons was that I have the power to accept ANYTHING that happens in my life. Once I really understood this on an emotional level, I knew that nothing could ever hurt me in life and, even if it did, I had the ability to accept the situation and the hurt. I am going to share a secret with you: This power is not only reserved for all the Mateos in the world. I am going to tell you another secret: YOU posses this power too. If you can take away just one thing from this book, this is definitely the realization to go for. If you do, you can say goodbye to the majority of your fear and worry. There is nothing to fear or worry about when you know you have the ability to accept whatever might happen in the future.
Therefore, you can find a lot of limiting beliefs by simply being present when you interact with people. Presence in interaction with people is done by bringing your full attention to the interaction and watching, listening and feeling it as much as you can. Make sure to really listen to not only what the other person is saying, but also to the silence between their words. Likewise, be completely aware of your own words and the silence between them when you respond. If any beliefs or emotions that are not constructive to your life (cause you suffering) suddenly come up, simply accept that they are there and make a mental note of them so you can get to the bottom of them as soon as you are alone. In the beginning it can feel challenging to maintain awareness of the present moment.
Bring awareness to every single one of your interactions for one day and see what you notice. You can do this by really listening and connecting to the person you are having an interaction with.
The Mind-Made Prison: Radical Self Help and Personal Transformation by Mateo Tabatabai
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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