Watching this video this morning made me cry, but also helped me understand why so many of us endure depression and a feeling that something is really missing in our very important lives.

For decades, tribes have used the tradition of scarification to mature their young boys into men.

Could this be why we as a nation are obsessed with the ancient art of Tattoo? A sign of rebellion? Our bodies craving of something of a real experience not muted by the de-sensitization of pain medicine, or fake controlled experiences to give our youth the “feeling” of being alive but not really allowing them to actually be?

Our fear is what makes us over protective of our children. We pass this down to them unknowingly.

As a loving mother, I work hard to make sure my children know they are loved. At one point in my life, went to great measures to make sure they were always comfortable and life felt “easier” for them.

I have learned, the hard way, that this is what creates a feeling of boredom, lack of strength and awe for the life experience they chose to have.

Computer games often make young boys aggressive and inpatient. While, limiting their connection to community, family and ultimately mother nature.

Although I would not want to harm my children on purpose, I do now realize that in life, we need struggles and challenges. Not just sports, but real problems and practice at solving them on our own. Even making mistakes.

In America and other industrialized countries, our youths right of passage is more about what they can get or not get, material items like a cell phone or driving a car. This breeds consumers, not real men and women.

How many times do we say “oh, i am going to pamper myself today, do something fun, lets go shop” if you think about it, is it really fun? maybe once in a while, but for me, i crave real experiences.

HH Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwaranandaji in this video shares a funny but true story about Crocodiles that helped me understand challenges and why we need to endure them, spiritualy as well as a human being.

According to LinsDomain..which is a wonderful website btw, Crocodile and Alligator teaches us about Mother Earths primal love for her young.

The Crocodile or Alligator totem
contains the unbridled creative
forces of the world,
the fury and ferocity of Primal Energies.
It is the symbol of creation and destruction.

source:
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/videos/rites-of-passage-scarred-for-life
http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/crocodile.htm