According to my favorite web site, dictionary.com, a paradigm is, "An example serving as a model or a pattern". Our world is filled with many types of paradigms: social, cultural, and most importantly, personal, and these paradigms become the framework and filters through which we experience the world. Our personal paradigms form the foundations for our belief systems and whether we realize it or not we live our lives according to the paradigms we've created or subscribed to.
As a lifelong learner and seeker of my own interpretation of truth I often seek to challenge the paradigms I'm currently experiencing whether they are mine or others. Why? Because I can. In my willingness to resist the status quo and seek out my own answers and meaning behind the pre-existing structures and beliefs in my world, I exercise my ability to explore options and "buck" the traditional system... and to experience being truly present. To be willing to challenge what I "know" in lieu of potentially discovering something new about myself keeps me learning. And if I'm learning, I'm having fun.
As Leonardo da Vinci expressed, "Everything connects to everything else." If my belief systems are, indeed, connected to my experience, then paying attention to the results of my experience will allow me to decide whether changes in my beliefs are necessary. According to the Teachings of Abraham, "a belief is only a thought you keep thinking." If a belief no longer serves me I can choose a new thought--create a new belief. This is part of gift of choice and the power to create ourselves. After all, "Life isn't about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself." (George Bernard Shaw). You can read more about Abraham from Esther and Jerry Hicks, authors of the Law of Attraction.
So what does this all mean? To me it means I have the power to choose and change my paradigms. Challenging our paradigms is just one example of taking control of our lives and allowing ourselves to play larger--to step further into our potential. If you are not happy with the results your life is showing you, choose again! Connect with your mind, body and spirit; align your thoughts, feelings and intuition; and activate your power of choice and begin to truly bring more balance to your life. It's your choice.