Just thinking this morning…
(This is a re-print from a note I wrote on Facebook yesterday. Carla suggested it should also be printed on one of my other blogs. Simply Here blog raised its hand and begged, “Me! Me! Can I post it, please?”
“Yes, baby blog, you may post it…”)
So many of our challenges in the world exist because we see the world with a limited viewpoint, with a certain perspective.
Then we see another person acting in a way that doesn’t make sense or doesn’t coincide with our limited viewpoint.
We judge the person because their actions look wrong if they fit in with our preconceived expectations and assumptions. Their actions don’t make sense. Sometimes the actions look wrong simply because they don’t mesh with our own awareness.
If we could only turn the kaleidoscope of our awareness to the other person’s viewpoint–suddenly, perhaps, the actions and responses of the other person would make perfect sense! We would be enlightened beyond our limited focus.
It’s challenging, having a singular perspective. (And no matter how big our awareness still is–it’s often still limited–unless we have learned to flow like water as the different viewpoints express themselves.)
I think if we continually are aware of our limited awareness (and aware that underlying beliefs and thoughts and feelings mean different things to every single person in the universe), we can turn toward another person with soft heart and truly listen to where they might be coming from. In our deep listening, we might hear something beyond our limited viewpoint. We might feel ourselves allowing, allowing, allowing as our viewpoint becomes less rigid, less fixed, less judgmental.
We might truly want to KNOW where the other person is coming from, how they are interpreting the world. Or we might simply be able to stay in our soft and open heart without needing to know, letting it all arise–knowing without needing to know–that the other person is simply coming from a viewpoint that has value, has worth, makes sense to his or her particular viewpoint.
Thanks in part to Sherrilene for inspiring these morning thoughts!