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How can this be? How come you don’t see what I see? I mean, it is pretty obvious what the situation needs, or what the painting represents, or what the song is saying.
It turns out that we perceive things based on our own experiences and belief systems.
As we go through life, we form associations, likes, and dislikes. Everything that you see and every word that you hear, triggers these associations in your brain.
Do you ever ask yourself that?
My therapist asks me that. And so does my friend Tony.
I let it all spill out about how everything is wrong, about how terrible I feel, and about how hopeless it all seems at times. And they pose the question to me, “So what?”
The little question can be deflating.
After all, things are really bad! Can they not see how important this is? Can they not see all the implications?
Not that it is fun to admit, but I can be a little overly dramatic.
This is something that I have to remind myself of often as I move seemingly from one world to another.
I leave a death-bed where I am attempting to bring comfort to the person and the family, to go talk with someone who is very distraught because their child is in jail or their best friend overdosed and died last night.
An hour later I am laughing and playing in the water at the pool with my 9-year-old daughter.
And there is something inside me asking, “What the heck is going on here?”
“It is kind of like life.” I said. “Sometimes you just don’t know if you are big enough or strong enough to do it.”
My friend immediately said, “You don’t have to be.”
She told me that when her daughter was younger, they lived next door to an elderly woman. The daughter, who was twelve, would go and visit the elderly neighbor a lot and over time had befriended her.
One day, the elderly friend passed away, and the little girl was asked to officiate the memorial.
What does it take to become enlightened?
What does it take to get all the things we want, or to become all that we want to become?
“I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain. Now what?”
Jesus, the Buddha, and every other spiritual teacher that I have ever encountered, taught us that everything is within us already.
“Thoughts become things!”
So our life circumstances and everyone around us, comes from the make-up of our thoughts.
We know this. We see the cycle of life all around us all the time. We can see the cycle in nature, and we can see it in ourselves.
It is all moving. Nothing is really standing still. Everything is in transition, or an evolution, if you will.
The Buddha’s, “Sutra on Impermanence” teaches us that all things come from the earth. Whatever you see now, it used to be something else. And it will one day yet again, become something other than what it is now.
Some people are given mantra’s by a guru, but mine came to me because they stood out so clearly and resonated so deeply with me.
Both came from our way-shower Jesus.
“Behold! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
“I and thy Father are One.”
I write them in my journal, say them to myself often during the day, and use them in meditation by repeating them over and over and contemplating the meaning.
Using these mantra’s and contemplating the meaning, led me to my word for this year, which is, “RELAX!”
You can focus on your breath, repeat a mantra, look at a candle flame or a spot on the wall, or you can listen to a guided meditation. Regardless of the technique that you use, the idea is to learn how to keep your focus and attention in one place for a length of time.
And this takes work.
When I began in meditation, I was using my breath. My initial goal was to watch my breath and count 25 breaths.
The sky was such a brilliant blue that it was mesmerizing. What a beautiful sight! And how often do you see that? No clouds?
I looked and looked, and didn’t see a cloud the entire time.
Often while teaching a meditation workshop, I will suggest that people imagine that their thoughts are clouds.
In this exercise, you let the clouds just drift on by.
Instead of getting on a cloud and going for a ride, if you just look at it and acknowledge it, the cloud simply will pass on by.