Happy Second Half!

Today marks the first day of the second half of this year. So, i decided to take a look at the 2012 intentions that i wrote up here and here.

During the first half of 2012 a theme, related to the intention to uncover freedom, has emerged: Letting go. Letting go has several levels: Letting go of stuff, letting go of habits, and letting go of beliefs. This includes letting go of cultural conditioning, which often manifests on at least one of those levels – maybe all three. For example, matrimania (the belief that marriage will solve all our problems) might underlie our accumulation of clothes (because of the belief that we aren’t marriageable if we always wear the same clothes) or our habit to peruse dating sites.

I am renewing my intentions from earlier (drawn from those two posts) and am adding one.

In the second half of 2012, i intend:

  • to show up authentically and vulnerable
  • to hold myself with acceptance and compassion when i get scared to do so
  • to step into my power
  • to realize that being strong doesn’t mean to be perfect or not to show weakness
  • to embrace all of me – flaws and all!
  • to investigate experientially whether freedom from cultural conditioning is possible
  • to increasingly let go of stuff, habits, and beliefs





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Happy Second Half! — 3 Comments

  1. When you wrote “to investigate experientially whether freedom from cultural conditioning is possible” you reminded me of this one essay that I would recommend that you read, entitled “Against the Logic of Submission”. The text for this is available online at:
    http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/wolfi-landstreicher-against-the-logic-of-submission

    Also, it turns out that there are a bunch of recordings of folks reading it on Youtube here.

    Long story short – you can say “fuck you” to whatever cultural conditioning for submission that may exist inside of you, you can say “fuck you” to the world that would want you to have that conditioning, and “fuck you” to whatever people may insist on you following that conditioning.

    • I don’t think it’s that easy… First, we need to be aware that the thought or behavior is driven by conditioning. That’s why i am meditating again because i realized that i often get caught up in conditioning without noticing it. Then, we want to be able tie back the conditioning to culture, rather than, say, blame ourselves. And finally, it might help to look at the need(s) that the conditioning is trying to meet. Often the cultural conditioning puts normative pressure toward one strategy when there are really many.

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