When I told you yesterday that you have to leave old mental garbage behind, I was talking of memories and thoughts related to your personal history. Another thought crossed my mind however: what about old patterns of thinking, old values and old attitudes?
I am actually of the strong opinion that every once in a while you have to clean up your moral household as well. What of the things that you previously thought and believed are still true? Do you really still have faith in those forces that you worship or pray to? Are you holding onto traditions that bore you and are actually against what you really want to do just because it was always done like this or because you learned of it from your ancestors?
Traditions and religions are of such nature that they put one value, one rule and one way to behave out there and people believe this will be like this, fixed and as of stone, for the next thousands of years. Once written in a holy book, it is to be seen as eternal truth. That’s nonsense.
Times change, people change, ways of behaving with each other change and even languages change! Why should our values not? With time, science has discovered so many things that it would be ridiculous to believe in school teachings of 200 years ago! We changed what we taught our children in school, so why not change what we teach them at home? Why not change what we believe ourselves and how we act?
A lot of people hesitate getting rid of old traditional, religious or even cultural burden! It is very obvious that they would sometimes like to, that they envy those who can just throw it off and walk freely into a future with values chosen of their own. At the same time however, they feel they cannot. They want to but are not fully sure that it is right. They are, basically, afraid. Afraid that they could get harmed by not doing and believing what their parents and grandparents did and believed! And afraid of what their neighbours, their relatives, what society could think of them!
Please do yourself a favour, gather some courage and take a step forward! You are walking behind, with the people a generation or two before you. So next time, when you do your spring-cleaning or Diwali-cleaning at home, sit down for a while and consider clearing out your mind, your personal history and your belief and values as well.
You will see how free you feel once you have taken that step!