“Society prepares you for the life it wants you to lead; it prepares you for the role that it wants you to have. But the spirit within you, unhappy being confined, can compel you to lead a true life, a significant life full of the vitality of spirit.” Adyashanti in Resurrecting Jesus
Everything you’ve been taught was told to you by someone else, and someone else told them, and someone before that may have thought it was the way the world should be. Have you ever stopped to think, Who made that up? All the things you think you should or shouldn’t do, what you simply must have, or be, or do. Some of it was probably just made up by you! Well, who says it has to be that way?
It’s not that the ways you think you should live your life are either good or bad, right or wrong, or even need to change. Nothing about you needs to change. Those are just more divisive, false, completely imaginary beliefs. I’m not saying deny them or follow them if that’s what you really feel compelled to do. I’m saying question everything you’ve been told, everything you think.
Even actions labeled as traditions that are deeply ingrained and wrapped with emotion. All just made up. I think that’s especially important to be mindful of during the holidays, as there’s so much self-imposed pressure and unnecessary stress around all the things we think we have to do.
Simply be still, question everything, and contemplate what is true.