Beliefs VS Reality
You likely believe that you would benefit from:
- A balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables
- Regular exercise
- Good sleep
- Limiting or eliminating the consumption of alcohol and drugs
You may also have heard about the benefits of mediation; perhaps you’ve even downloaded a meditation app onto your cell phone.
Despite knowing all the above benefits, you still engage in one or more of the following behaviours:
- Eat lots of processed food high in sugar and fat and not enough fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t exercise regularly
- Don’t get enough good sleep
- Drink too much alcohol or take drugs
- Don’t meditate
Why is that? It is because your mental conditioning has led to the formation of deeply ingrained habits, and you don’t have an awareness of your mental patterns.
Can you change that? Yes!
How? The first step is to develop an awareness of your intentions and motivations. Once you have developed the requisite awareness, you can begin to alter your mind’s mental conditioning to replace unhealthy habits and behaviours with beneficial ones.
The chances are that you believe:
- You should have a monogamous long-term relationship with a partner whom you love and who loves you in return.
- You should stay calm when faced with difficult situations and difficult people, especially, though not necessarily, at work.
The reality is:
- You struggle with relationships and perhaps with monogamy. If you are in a relationship, you have difficulties with your partner and think about others or have affairs. If you are not in a relationship, you cannot sustain one, or pursue the wrong people. This behaviour is led by your sexual desires and intrigues, rather than pursuing a stable, long-term, monogamous relationship.
- You become agitated and angry (whether or not you show it), when confronted with difficult situations and people, especially, though not necessarily, at work.
Why is it that your behaviours and reactions are inconsistent with your beliefs? This is because of your mental conditioning, which has led to deeply ingrained behavioural patterns and reactions.
Can you change that? Yes!
How? You can develop an awareness of your behaviours and emotions.
You may ask, how does awareness help with leading a healthier lifestyle and with relationships? Awareness enables you to see your mental patterns. To change deeply ingrained patters, you first have to become aware of them. Without awareness, you will continue to behave, react, and feel as you always have and to your detriment.
My hope for these pages is to be a modern-day Academy, much like Plato’s Academy, in order to reduce stress and anxiety in our individual lives and perhaps even help mankind reverse course from its current ego-driven and lethal trajectory.
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