Last class we talked about beliefs. Those things we have but seldom examine. We generally hold the beliefs of the communities and cultures where we live. We talked about the importance of these beliefs in determining the course of our day or life in general. The beliefs we were referring to are those that shape how we feel about ourselves, our connections to others and our life in general. For instance, if I believe I am a good person I will act in accordance with that. However, if I believe I am not worthy then I will act in accordance with that belief instead.
Western culture tends to be a culture of aggression and competition. It is the culture of "getting ahead." Our culture isn’t focused on wellness it is focused on competition for resources. However, compared to many parts of the world we are a culture of abundance. Despite this we struggle to feel well. Why is that? As we have examined wellness in this series we have come to see that it is not necessarily based on getting ahead economically. Instead it is a rhythm or flow of many component parts. These are non-aggression, kindness, gentleness, trust, delight, unconditional friendship with ourselves and many more. Non of these concepts are in keeping with the underlying beliefs of a culture based on aggression. This explains why a state of wellness is so hard for us to achieve.
It is important that we examine the beliefs in our culture and how they influence our decision making. Next we need to decide which ones we want to hold and which ones we want to discard. Then we need to act in accordance with the beliefs we have chosen. Once we do this we will have a better chance of achieving a state of well being.
Our next topic will be resistance.