Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge…

Today is Day 6 of this seasons 7 Day Juice Feast

Days 5/6 can be a challenge for many people.
It’s the days where you are neither here nor there.
You know you’ve passed the middle point but you are not quite there yet…
You’ve gone through hunger, confusion, detox reactions like headaches and tiredness
You may or may not have felt the euphoric high since detoxing some old rubbish out of your body,
… but you know that juicing for a week must have done you some good on some level. Right?

Now, you sit in the cold light of day and realize that ultimately there is just you and your thoughts and nowhere to bury your head.
Sure, you could get on with some tasks, run some errands, get on with your work, but at the end of the day, the same thoughts keep spinning back into the forefront of your mind.
Some people have compared this ‘void’ to boredom, loneliness, emptiness or disappointment.

It is with this in mind and having experienced this myself (we all have/will) that I choose to write about this today.
This feeling could manifest in 108 different ways. It doesn’t matter if you respond differently to the next person nor does it matter if you are not juice feasting and you feel this anyway!
The point is to first of all acknowledge they are there in the first place.
Once that is done, you might want to contemplate on why they are there.
One of the easiest ways to get to the root of that is to ask yourself WHY?
Not once but 3 times… here’s an example:

1:: Q) Why do I feel bored?
1:: A) Because there is nothing to do when I cannot eat…
2:: Q) Why do I feel bored when there is nothing to do when I cannot eat?
2:: A) Because I eat when I am bored…
3:: Q) Why do I eat when I am bored?
3:: A) Because ……… fill in the missing answer.

This is a great way to get to the root of your feeling of boredom, sadness, etc…
Next step? Now is a good time to take these feelings and turn them around.
Why? Because you have a lot of time on your hands , do you want to spend the rest of your time feeling lonely and depressed etc?
How?  Take your feelings one by one and literally turn them around… here’s examples of how:

  • boredom = opportunity to do something different, something new you never tried before.
  • loneliness = opportunity to get to know yourself. Take yourself out. Get dressed up fancy for *you* for once
  • emptiness = opportunity to fill that emptiness with new  bright and exciting adventures (be sure first that you have found the bottom of your vessel so that once you start to refill the input doesn’t just flow in to a bottomless pit).
  • disappointment = indeed, letting go of expectations is almost as hard as forgiveness. Once you can do this, look for the positive outcomes, if you cannot find any go back to focusing on this entire experience as an opportunity, that’s all, be filled with gratitude.

I could go on, but I won’t bore you anymore 😉

Before I go, I’d like to share my thoughts on this with you. Take it with a pinch of salt.
All of these downwards spiraling NEGATIVE emotions and habits we have are to me a result of some kind of debt.
The term ‘spiritual’ debt comes to mind first, but you can put it how ever you like.
There is a lacking somewhere and it is your duty to find out how to balance that debt.
Luckily, this is the kind of debt that does not require money!
But it does require the desire to get out of it…
How?

  1. By opening your mind,
  2. being conscious of what you take in (physically, emotionally, spiritually) and by what you put out, same, same.
  3. most importantly following your intuition.

At the end of a juice feast, we become *very* ‘open’ and vulnerable.
Now is the time to take heed of what your mind is bringing up for you and make a change, even if it is small, a tiny change could have the biggest consequences.
Without change, none of us would be here, it is what makes the world go round and life exist based on adaptation.
If we don’t change, based on our highest principles, subconsciously there will be a debt or an imbalance, somewhere and it will come back to haunt you.

So, to return to the opening quote:

“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel

By thinking we know something for sure, by thinking that 100% we have reached the end of the road and we understand everything there is to know about something (including ourselves), is foolish. It is limiting and narrow minded.

Always wonder, always, always, always, wonder….. this is the path to true knowledge and self realization.
For more… here is a little side step but still on the same note.
21st century self realization….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8

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