Storytelling and Mindfulness

Storytelling and Mindfulness

As a Graphic Recorder I work within a broad range of sectors and demographics.  Across all, I’ve been listening to and drawing out concepts around Storytelling.  Most of them are related to brand; whether it be a company’s brand story, or a more personal brand such as how you show up in the world and how others perceive you.
 
A less talked about version of storytelling is the stories we tell ourselves.  That inner voice in our heads that we may or may not be aware is there.  What types of stories are you telling yourself and how do they impact your overall wellness? When you feel anxious a story might say “Am I good enough? Smart enough? What if I fail?”. 
 
How can you re-write this story in your head?
 
One answer is by using a Mindfulness practice.  Simply put, being mindful is paying attention in the moment, and without judgment. 
 
The key is to observe our negative stories with curiosity rather than criticism. When an old “not good enough” story begins to play in your mind, observe it with objectivity and empathy.  And then re-write it.   After all, it’s your story.

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