You know when you have an awareness about something that is pretty life changing? You know, what Oprah calls the “ah ha” moment? I just call it awareness, although, I guess there have been times when I yelled “ah ha” with excitement after having one of these moments. Anyway, it’s not uncommon, once you experience this, to begin being hyper-aware of this new found wisdom all around you… especially in other people. Let me explain, a few years ago while on one of my many adventures into personal development, I was exploring certain areas of my life that I was struggling with, or maybe just areas I thought could be improved. I was using my mind to try and figure out how to work harder, make more money, give more money, find a partner etc., etc. After completely exhausting myself, I stopped the mental masturbation and just sat back for a moment to rest…. and that’s when it came. I realized that my problem wasn’t my lack of hard work, philanthropy, or not being lovable enough to find a romantic partner. My problem was that I was unable to receive.
I was watching Vice the other night and it was about the country of Mauritania where the women go out into the dessert, often times with their daughters, they sit under tarps and drink nothing but milk and eat these little balls of dough until they throw up. Well, they do their best not to throw up or to move too much because the entire purpose of this practice is to gain as much weight as possible. In their culture being heavy is seen as beautiful, so much so that it is hard to find a man to marry if you are not fat. Basically the bigger the better. Which is very interesting to me, considering the culture we live in which is basically the exact opposite.