I often find myself observing people, and time and again I wonder if many of us are aware of the habits and behaviours we participate in, that are doing us harm. I suspect so many people are “sleepwalking” through life, never taking the time to step back and look at what they are doing and why; or questioning what they have control over, and what controls them.
This line of thought reminds me of some years ago when the bread manufacturers were on strike. My father owned a supermarket and there was no processed bread to be had. However the small baker nearby who baked his own bread was not on strike, and the line up for people to buy their loaf of bread was a mile long – the wait to be served was close to an hour or more.
Even though that was many years ago, I remember watching the endless line of people and shaking my head at the habits that are so ingrained, that a large portion of the population couldn’t manage a day or two without a loaf of bread.
It was a living metaphor, for how we get trapped into thinking that there is no other alternative, and so caught up in the way that things have always been, that we forget that we have the power to change the status quo if we choose to.
These are the unconscious habits and behaviours that can sabotage our ability to heal. If our minds are closed to options other than those that we already know, and we can’t see beyond our own rituals and comfort zones, then we may overlook an opportunity that can take us in a new (and better) direction.
I have invited people that are unwell, to stay at Hippocrates for a week or two and see what impact it has on their illness. But I hear all sorts of excuses such as “I couldn’t go without steak for a week”, or “I don’t believe in raw food”. Yet what these people are currently doing is not working for them, but they won’t step out and try something different to heal. It is not what they know, so it is dismissed.
Yet everything in life was new to us at one point in time, and we developed our opinions from our experiences in life. If we stop experiencing, and close our minds, we lose the ability to grow and learn which is a valuable and necessary part of life, at any age.
I urge everyone to take the time to observe their own habits, and question if what they are doing is taking them in the direction they want to go. If your goal is good health, is that daily habit of fast food lunch eaten at your desk getting you there?
In life, when bread isn’t available, don’t join the queue with all the other people too scared to break their habits; look at it as an opportunity to get creative and make some dehydrated sprouted buckwheat crackers instead (!).
For a more in-depth discussion on this subject, you could have a look at my DVD where I talk about this topic, and many others, to prompt you to explore your inner self and examine your own limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns. It is guaranteed to get you thinking, and off that bread queue!