Where is it that you have accepted ways of being that are not your own? 

 Humans are not solitary beings. We are pack animals and as such we surround ourselves with others. People influence us, sometimes in the most subtle ways. The practice of self-exploration allows one to unpack our narrative. In doing so, more times than not, we find that we have been holding onto ideas or ways of being in the world that are not our own and have been dictating a large part of our thinking and behavior. We aren’t born with ideas, we are indoctrinated with them as w we grow and experience the world. Our parents are our first teachers, they teach us words to describe our world with...A table is a table, and a cat is a cat. But what about ideas that we form because of the way we are treated? What if  your dad is late picking you up from school every day? The thinking around that action could sound a lot like this: I’m not worthy, I’m not loveable, my daddy doesn’t love me, I am unlovable. That thinking can create actions like anxiety, clinginess, or a need to satisfy an insatiable desire.  It is for this reason that we utilize the practice of self-exploration. It allows us to get to the root of the thinking patterns that no longer serve us and release them so that we are able to create supportive thought processes that will assist us on a more productive path. No matter where these behaviors or thoughts come from, if they aren’t ours and they don’t serve our highest good, practicing release can begin the process of creating space where inner peace can take root and flourish