Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve written a Monday meditation, and Iâ€™ve missed the act of writing them down, of sitting with the words as they take shape.
This weekâ€™s meditation is on perception, and the way we allow ourselves to view the world. We are provided with opportunities daily to make judgments on situations, to assign labels to people or relationships, to have an opinion on the actions or beliefs of others. It is human nature to react from our personal viewpoint, from our current life circumstances, which are simply a culmination of our past experiences.
As I try to impart to my kids, itâ€™s important to recognize that every situation we are involved in, whether good, bad, or somewhere in between, is being seen by us through our own lens. Sometimes the lens can be a little blurry (whether clouded by emotions, bias, or simply the circumstances of the day), and sometimes it can be crystal clear (when we can be as objective as human nature allows).
When weâ€™re conscious that the world around us is viewed through more than just our own lens, it can broaden our perspective on life and our daily events.
This week, when youâ€™re challenged by something, or are finding it hard to put a situation into perspective, take some time to meditate on what lens youâ€™re looking through. If you imagine seeing the events through a different lens, does it shift your thinking?