When you open your eyes and truly look at the world around you, what do you see? Do you see a bright and beautiful world filled with immense potential, or do you see a hustle and bustle of a world filled with struggle and strife? Life is what you make it. Whether it be one filled with a deep appreciation for all that you are surrounded with, or a complaint of all the things you don’t have that you wish you did. It is literally your perspective of the world that accompanies your belief system and therefore influences the way you see things, the choices that you make and ultimately how you live your life.
From the time that we are born into the lives that we lead, we have a numerous amount of experiences and situations that shape us into who we eventually think we are. Just as in our last post “The Vortex of the Mind” where we spoke about the mind operating as a sort of analytical computer. As we grow up, the experiences that we have do shape us. Our individual and subjective minds comprehend, analyse and shape situations around us depending on how we respond to them (negatively or positively) and then form a judgment on them, creating the baseline for how we view the world that we live in. The more we add or subtract to these judgments, the more it shapes our beliefs and ideals.
For example, a child born into a happy family with two loving parents would form a judgement that love really is real and that ‘if my parents can find happiness with another, then so can I’. But a child born into an unhappy marriage could lead to the child growing up to feel that maybe marriage isn’t the best situation to be in, even if they would benefit or rather enjoy it. They view it as such because that is the judgement and belief they took from their own personal experience. Some could even grow up to having commitment issues. So how we grow up does shape us yes, but even as adults we continue to form these sort of judgements and then assess life and the world around us just the same. We can determine whether they shape us for better or worse. We can either revolve our entire world around it, or we can learn from it, take the lessons and mould ourselves around the learning.
So what makes these assessments and judgements that the mind makes accurate? And why are we so quick to believe them? These assessments that the mind makes are often in the form of thoughts. These thoughts then lead to strong emotions felt in the body and consequently an action or inaction as reaction to the situation. So if we are so involved in these assumptions, how can we truly know for certain that we are making the right judgments?
There is a big difference between judgement and observation. Judgment stems from a personal angle of having an opinion about a situation. Where as an observation allows you to view something objectively without getting too involved in the matter with regards to your own thoughts and feelings.
So why not try to make observations about the world we live in, objectively rather than based on our own life experiences. Can we not take a step back from the vicious cycle of judgment and come to realise that we are all born in a human body, with the same anatomy and physiology as the person next to us. We all have our own inner battles, so let us come together in allowing ourselves to just be a little more objective and a little less judgmental. As yes we do grow up with certain views and beliefs of the world around us, but I feel it is time to question them, to come out of that box that is painted black and white and learn to adopt a new perspective, one with fresh eyes and a sort of curiosity for the world that we live in. To stop related everything to ourselves and know that we are just tiny specks of dust living on a small planet in a vast universe filled with alot more than just us.
So why not take the time to question ourselves. Is what we believe to be true? Could we invite the possibility of a fresh perspective to certain aspects of our lives? Can we learn to come to terms with certain views of others that we find uncomfortable and is there a possibility of us being a little kinder to the world around us? I know it to be true, I look forward to you discovering this newfound perspective for yourselves!