Why you should question what you're taught
These words are from a book called Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. (I highly recommend this book to you for its wisdom on holistic nutrition and balanced living!)
"We may live a large portion of life never questioning what we’ve been taught. We go along with this sort of matrix mentality, unaware of what other realities are possible for our lives…
What is the matrix? As Morpheus said, “The matrix is everywhere”. We are completely surrounded and enveloped by it. It’s the accepted beliefs and false concepts about the world that drain our life force. It’s a kind of mental, emotional and spiritual programming. It’s more than the corporate agenda; it’s from the government, the church, big business. It’s the persistence that we all should get married, have children and buy stuff…
It creates our collective beliefs about food, fashion and most aspects of life. It’s the constant drum that calls us to produce, process, sell and buy. It’s the voice in our heads that tells us not to rock the boat, not to take risks. It’s the treadmill many of us feel we are running on, which we can never move forward on…
Think about what the matrix looks like. It’s slender women who are young forever, virile men who are wealthy and powerful. It’s an endless parade of things to buy, to play with, to wear and to consume. The matrix pushes fast food, mass-produced junk, caffeine, sugar, white flour, meat, alcohol and medications to temporarily anaesthetise us from feeling our feelings. The matrix has us running on stress, in survival mode, and always tells us we’re not enough and need more. The matrix says we never look good enough. It insists that we are really alone in this world. It tells us not to trust others. And it hypnotises us in forgetting our true essence and greatness…
Escaping the cultural matrix of needing to look, dress and eat a certain way means mustering the courage to step away from outside influences, to look inside and ask yourself, “Who am I, and what do I really want from my life?”
Escaping the matrix starts here
Take a moment now to pause and ask yourself this final question of Joshua’s.
"Who am I, and what do I really want from my life?"
And let me now ask you:
- Are you on purpose and living your dream life or simply going through the motions of the life society prescribed you?
- Do you know who you really are beyond the roles you carry out each day? Who you are beyond your job title, material possessions, physical body, emotions, thoughts?
- What motivated you to get up out of bed this morning and start your day?
- In fact, what motivates you to do ANYTHING? What’s driving you to act and exist?
Worthwhile questions to consider don't you think? And yet, most of us are too busy to make time for them. That's why the practice of yoga and meditation is so important. It puts you in touch with your inner knowing and truth and allows you to live according to your own light of consciousness.
There’s no time like the NOW to pause and reflect on these ideas. Even if you have to schedule it in, that’s ok too.
My wish is that reading this will motivate you to ponder them at some point - deeply and honestly.
There are so many ways to live a life and YOU get to choose.
Do you feel like you are living in the matrix? Would you like to make different choices about how you live your life but lack the confidence & courage to do so? When do you feel the most freedom in life? Share your thoughts below.
Love & Light to you,