Moment #11499 – Looking Glass
Many spiritual leaders and gurus speak about the importance of truly seeing reality as it is and not being blinded by our own perceptions of the world. This seems to be one of the ultimate higher goals of meditation and other such mental and spiritual practices. It really doesn’t sound that difficult does it? Just open your eyes and see the world as it it. And yet, accomplishing this seemingly simple act of seeing, can constitute a lifetime of ongoing practice and personal development. The problem of course, lies not with our eyes, but with our Brain, who likes to analyze, speculate, judge, and reason its way out of seeing what is really there. Our brain, which gives us so much power and ability to do so many things and sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, can also be our own worst enemy. What a contradictory species we are!
I suspect that I am particularly bad at quietening my mind and observing objectively. When it is not sleepy, my brain is exceedingly noisy. Recently I’ve started trying to meditate, but I find it extremely challenging and frustrating. At times like this, I really wish I could be more like a certain Bear of little Brain from the 100-acre wood.
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
― A.A. Milne