Transcript Solo Episode: Challenging Beliefs and Boundaries
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Hello, and welcome to curiously wise. I'm Laurin Wittig your host. And today I'm gonna talk about challenging beliefs and boundaries. And I usually, with these talks, like to share stories from my life, cuz that's where I've learned these kinds of lessons. So let me tell you what I'm about to do. I'm starting an adventure in a few days.
That is challenging me physically in a way I have never challenged myself before. Why am I doing this? Because I want to push self-imposed limiting beliefs and confining boundaries outward expanding my range if you will. . And because I'm tired of deciding what I can't do physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, before I've even stuck a toe in the water.
I'm tired of being afraid of physical challenges and living small because of that also because I'm 62 years old. And if not now, when will I take on such challenge? So you wanna know what I'm about to do. I'm about to hike all the way around LAN a ginormous ALP that straddles France, Italy, and Switzer.
The tour de LAN as the trail is called is approximately 110 miles long. We'll be walking it in 11 or 12 days. Am I ready for this? Maybe I don't feel like I've trained enough, but I trust my body to be stronger than I think it is because it's proved this to me time and time. Try 42 hours of labor. I'm much stronger than I look or than I feel I am in this moment.
I know that from experience mentally. I am ready. Of course. We'll see if I'm right. Pretty soon. I expect to be intimidated as we start out. But as long as I focus on the next step and being present in the moment, I know I'll be fine. I've done practice hikes and shake down hikes, gotta make sure clothes, shoes, pack, and other gear is comfortable and manageable.
A friend who's going with me on this trip along with one of her daughters. And my husband went with me on an REI guided hiking trip in and around Sedona, Arizona. Last. As a test of our stamina gear and enjoyment of multiple days of longer trails in our usual hikes, all were a resounding success. I've educated myself, watching experienced hikers trainers, gear specialists on YouTube, spiritually.
I'm expecting to have a glorious experience.
I am at my happiest in nature, and nearly two weeks in the Alps is going to be magical. I just know. I fully expect epiphanies and expansion of my consciousness as I Trek in a moving meditation emotionally, I think I'm ready for a roller coaster right. Of emotions from euphoria to self doubt, and probably even a few tears, both of joy and abject fatigue and everything in between, but that's normal for me, especially in stressful situations.
And I know this is going to be stressful at times, but I know I have the support of my hiking companions end of spirit, to help me through. By the time you hear the story I'm telling you, we will have completed our Trek and be home again. I expect my confidence and my physical abilities will be higher than it ever has been.
Even if something prevents me from finishing the hike, simply challenging the belief I have held my whole life about being physically weak will have been tested to find the truth. And even if I'm not up to the full challenge, just taking it up to see what I can do without the belief holding me back will be a victory mentally.
I'm already ahead because I have challenged that belief that I'm not enough to take on such a big adventure a couple of years ago or more pre pandemic. My friend, with me on this trip said she wanted to do the tour in Mount Blanc. And my reaction was, are you crazy? I could never do that. I spoke from a deep seated fear that I wasn't strong enough to take on anything like what she wanted to do.
I've already won that battle and pushed that limiting belief and the self-imposed boundary around what I could or couldn't do far enough out that I can't hear it anymore. Emotionally over my lifetime. I have ridden the emotional roller coaster up and down millions of times. I have no illusions that this trip isn't going to push my buttons at times, but I also know that I have a lot of tools to help me reset my emotions to a more balanced state.
I can meditate, journal dance, do a little yoga stretch or get off by myself for a little while. If I just need to de. All are very portable tools. Thank goodness. I know that I can't really understand how this trip is going to change me, but I know it's going to bring confidence and wisdom, and those are amazing gifts.
I can't wait to share some of my experience with you when I get back. So I'd like to invite you to explore where you may have a limiting belief or a restrictive boundary around what you allow yourself to do or. Can you identify it? Do you know where it came from? Beliefs after all are just stories.
We keep telling ourselves until we believe them. It's not easy necessarily to break down the habit of our self beliefs, to be able to look past them and see what we are truly capable of doing and becoming,
but maybe you can push them back a bit and get a broader view of what's. If you get curious enough to challenge your own beliefs, to see if they are serving you well or holding you back, you can change them. It's not easy. It's not often quick, but you can change your limiting beliefs. I've done it a number of times.
So I'll be back
with you after my tour. Deone Blanc adventure, and I will let you know what I've learned. I can't wait to share it. Thanks for joining me today. Remember we have new episodes every Tuesday here. I'm curiously wise. If you enjoyed this episode, please help others find us by leaving a review on apple podcasts and friends.