How do you respond when someone tells you to do something you don’t want to do?
Spiritual Health as it pertains to your internal authority…
Most cultures around the world are steeped in an us-against-them paradigm. This causes us to be limited in our ability to respond consciously in many situations. Your spiritual health depends upon your ability to be conscious and make conscious choices. For many of us when we’re faced with being asked or told to do something we don’t want to do we immediately revert to unconscious conditioning. Because of our training most of us think we only have one of three ways to respond to agree: submit or rebel. When you agree it may sound something like they know better than I do. They’re right. You should just do it.
When you submit it’s usually a begrudging yes. When we submit we say yes but we mean no all the time feeling annoyed for having been asked and then there’s rebellion. Don’t tell me what to do, you might say as you judge the person is bad and wrong for having asked you in the first place in the past. I was definitely one to rebel and boy did I start young.
I remember being no more than five years old wanted to help my mom sweep the floor but then she kept telling me how to do it, hold the broom this way, sweep towards the wall, and on and on she went. Finally I looked at her and said if you don’t like the way I do it do it yourself and out of the room I stormed. Not wanting to be made wrong and rebelling against authority continued until I found a better way.
To maintain your spiritual health it’s important to on earth your cultural conditioning and start choosing your thoughts and actions consciously.
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