That’s what my yoga teacher says all the time. Doubt your doubts.
The Zen proverb rings true for me but I want to pack a little more around these big, lofty thoughts. Whenever a good idea comes with more specifics, it is sometimes easier to walk away with the goodies.
First, we need to doubt our beliefs. Beliefs are just that – beliefs. Some can be proven. Some of those same proven beliefs can be unproven by someone else. That can either be unsettling to you or liberating. Since we get to choose how to respond to everything, I choose to be liberated by the fact that there can be multiple truths. Isn’t that really part of our purpose here on this planet, to seek our truth?
Truth seeking takes on a lot of different forms. Here’s a great blog post by Dead-Logic which explains that one might want to doubt your doubt about your doubt until you are all doubted out! But he’s talking about that never ending debate about whose religious views are right and whose are wrong. My yoga teacher isn’t talking about that.
She’s talking about the nagging and unhelpful beliefs about ourselves that hold us back. We all have beliefs about what we can or can’t do. And, we have beliefs about what we should and shouldn’t do. These beliefs are often planted during childhood. Unchallenged they can limit us or cause us to suffer unnecessarily. So, when my yoga teacher says, “doubt your doubts” I hear her encouraging her students to free themselves to embrace the best for their lives.
Think you are too shaky on your feet or too inflexible to do yoga? Doubt your doubts.
Think you are too weak to do weight training? Doubt your doubts.
Think you don’t have enough stamina to be a runner? Doubt your doubts.
Don’t know how to doubt your doubts? Lori Deschane of Tiny Buddha blog offers 20 good ways to overcome doubts.
Once you are free, start at the beginning and take one step at a time. Most of all, enjoy being and doing your best.
My truth tells me that I love people and life. I feel no need to doubt that belief!