are certain things in life that affect who we are and what
we are to become. Families, culture and the environment are
the aspects that develop the way we react and behave. What
we learn through our family history helps us grow according
to our customs and our traditions because it is something
very close and unique. Culture makes us move through
customs, traditions and practices that hold a family
together and moves further on to the atmosphere we live in.
What we get to know in our environment helps us survive in
circumstances beyond our imagination.
Culture is defined in the dictionary as social and
intellectual formation and the totality of socially
transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, etc. In
simpler terms, there is an entire system of cultures in
which each of us operates. At the center is the self,
including your gender, in part influenced by the other
cultures within your personal system. The next part
is your family and friends and your interaction with them.
You may have grown up in a small family, a large family, a
blended family, a poor or rich family. If you grew up in a
family where money was not a problem, for example, you make
take certain things for granted: food, freedom, housing.
But if you grew up in a family of poverty, you may worry
here your next meal comes from, where you will live, who has
control over your freedom. My spirit is the essence of the
synergy created by the interaction amongst my body, mind and
spirit. It is my aliveness and closeness to my values, who I
really am at the center. It is the combination of my
energies through spiritual, emotional, mental and physical
growth. So all depends on how you live your life
authentically, or in tune with your personal vision and
values, based upon your beliefs, culture, instinct and
history. If we move from one environment to the other it is
our culture and beliefs that help us to adapt to all
changes. If we have not learned from our background we turn
off our own needs. We insulate ourselves from our feelings.
We deny our spirits.
And we lose ourselves; i.e., we are lost. The responsibility
for this lies with the individual and how he reflects his
influences. So, being strong and patient are traits that I
have learned that have helped me survive because these
teachings have become inculcated within my soul and