Most of us in America, whether we choose to admit it or not, are heavily influenced by questionable western/European values and ideas. This includes our notions of body image, beauty, style, health, love, religion, etc. This is a painful reality to acknowledge, for it means the circumference of our lives, definitions, expectations, decisions and therefore – outcomes are not of our own choosing. This especially is difficult when we consider the high levels of stress, poverty, illness, failure, disappointment and dysfunction we endure as a result of our conditioning. I want to explore just a fraction of our ignorance and contradictions surrounding our interactions with people in our lives.

Take for example, the western view of death and spirits. We are taught either  to believe

that people die in a final and complete sense, or that their spirits ascend to a heaven or hell where we no longer have access to them…

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