From the dawn of time, I have questioned everything. During my first abroad to Australia is when I noticed I began questioning the deeper meanings of life. Why are humans here? What’s in the sky? What is the purpose of life?
Throughout the last decade, I have questioned, and still question, many things about life. This is what I refer to as a spiritual journey and consciousness awakening.
I believe that every human is sent to earth to experience something different. Some of us are sent here for our soul to discover something new or endure a challenge while contributing to mankind.
Questioning aspects of life are important to overcome issues and find YOUR truth. Also, questioning life gives you an independent mind that is not easily influenced by others. This allows you to think and make decisions for your highest good. This is more important now than ever before because new products, theories and concepts are continuously released on the consumer market.
One example that I will give about questioning the diet industry is the introduction of the Paleo Diet. The concept originated after the release of a popular book that reflects on the negative attributes of wheat and carbohydrates. It seemed overnight, that everyone was Paleo and Paleo cafes popped up around the world. The point is that a person hears, reads and sees one side of the story without questioning whether that choice is beneficially. Many clients I have worked with tried eliminating carbohydrates, but could not sustain more than three months with the level of intensity of their workout. Therefore, they jumped on the bandwagon but could not live up to the lifestyle and social pressures. Some of my clients wanted to do 30-day Paleo meal plans and when they presented me the material I noticed the maximum calories one ingests is 1,200. I asked her, “How are you going to sustain your 10-hour work day?”
When I first heard of Paleo I questioned many things from the quality of meat to global health concerns. As a vegan, I see a different perspective, but do not judge people on their diet choices. But for many, it seems like a validation to consume ungodly amounts of hormone-pumped bacon and eggs, which is part of modern day “indulgences.” I question things based upon health effects and who is monetarily benefiting from a new phenomena.
In terms of this diet, I questioned:
-What is the difference between meat thousands of years ago compared to today?
-What in our present day meat affects human health?
-How do our stress levels vary now compared to the ancient times?
-Where did these Paleo people get their nutrients?
-Who and what cultures in this world eats carbohydrates and how is their health?
-What is the mindset of the cultures who eat carbohydrates?
-What cultures have survived off plant-based foods and how is their health?
-Does this diet include alcohol?
-Is carbohydrates part of Centenarian diets? (People who live to 100 or more)
-Can the world graze more cattle? How would more animals affect global warming?
-What health concerns do I have? And is it related to carbohydrates?
The point of this article is not to argue whether one should be Paleo or not. The point (since this diet has been a hot topic for the last couple years) is that you must question everything from diets to spiritual practices to even these very words.
I am sharing information on this blog based on my journey and life experience. I hope this inspires or transforms lives, but even you must question what I say to see if it works for you.
As an independent female, I have found questioning things to benefit my life. It maintains my independence with the ability to use empathy – to see both sides of every story.
To sign off I leave you with this –
“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” – Nancy Willard
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com