Today I stumbled across this video which I found entertaining and insightful in more ways than one. Since I have started’ Innercising’ with my Soul and awakening to my world, the world I have come to question as if an inquiring child. No longer do I accept all that I am told, the patterns that I grew from or the beliefs and habits that no longer serve me. As I awaken and become more aware; it is not so much that I take a step back but a step up, I observe the masses being herded towards what the governing bodies and corporations want us to see including areas of power, defence, religion and education, leading me to ask ‘why do we do what we do?’
Not just at Thanksgiving, which as an English person living in England I have not yet celebrated but why do we do what we do at each holidays including Christmas and Easter.
I confess that having inquisitive children can lead you to question traditions (a plus for being a parent, well an awakening parent which I was not at that time), for example on Good Friday I have never eaten meat and always served fish. My children not being a great fan of fish questioned why this was so. I gave them an answer ‘It’s tradition, I grew up on this habit’, to which they fired another question. ‘Where did the tradition come from?’ Baffled I searched the internet and 8 years ago we could not find an answer. Today I searched again and found a number of reasons. The internet is opening up the opportunity to learn and grow.
Another research led me to an article about roasting meat. A young girl asked her mother why she removed the ends of the meat prior to roasting. Her mum’s reply was ‘tradition’, my mum taught me and actually I have no idea; thinking about it I think it was to allow the juices to flow but I could be wrong and with that mum suggested she call her grandmother. So she did and asked the question ‘why did gran cut off the ends of the meat when cooking a roast’. Gran confirmed she did, had no reason why, explained that her mother had taught her and perhaps her mum had given her the answer and closed the conversation with a suggestion for the young granddaughter to call her great grandmother. And so she did. She shared how she had arrived at the question of the roast meat, watching mum, asking why, being passed onto gran and then now to her great grandmother who having listened carefully to everything started to laugh.
‘It is not to allow the juices to flow she said still breaking into laughter; I cut the ends off because the meat did not fit in the pan and I could not afford a bigger pan’ and they both began to laugh together.
Crazy how traditions start and how we continue with them with no idea if we need to. Some of them like this one does not even have a purpose and at the same time wastes two good pieces of meat.
We create self programmes in order to help us, sometimes to protect us. Most often those habits stem from the need of protection as a 3 year old. And if my observation is correct you are no longer 3.
If you have ever wondered why you are repeating the same unfortunate experience over and over, I would say it is from a habit or belief you need to recalibrate, chances are the protection the current you needs is different from that of a 3 year old.
When we play at life as a child, we are always inquisitive and open. Once a day I stand back and ask myself better questions. They could be as simple as is there a quicker or better way to peel a potato or why do I feel that way about what just happened.
I live by these two pieces of information;
We don’t know what we don’t know
Receive everything today as if the first time given.
The first leads me to be open in order to learn and grow and the second highlights there are more ways to do something.
Check out your traditions, where and how did they originate. Do they still serve you? We create and continue with habits and beliefs without recalibrating whether they still serving us.
Please share in the comments any traditions, habits or beliefs you came to accept were not serving you. I would love to hear how you rearranged your life around them.
And on a different note, towards the end of the video the educator proposes a question about Black Friday as a gimmick to get lower income people to splash their cash. I don’t doubt this to be true after all the reason we wear the diamond engage ring was so that De Beers could sell diamonds and I will save that tale until Valentine’s Day
And now for the video