22-186 Vision

Today’s Mandala

“Vision is the art of
seeing what is invisible to others.”

— Jonathan Swift

“When the divine vision is attained,
all appear equal;
and there remains no distinction
of good and bad,
or of high and low.”

— Ramakrishna

“Every moment is a golden one
for [those] who [have] the vision
to recognize it as such.”

— Henry Miller

Today’s MotD invites us to call into question how we see things; what filters are in place that take what we see and translate them into what we perceive to be seeing, thus feeding into our beliefs, habits, and conditionings.

Do we see the world through the eyes of cynicism? Through the eyes of criticism? Through the eyes of anger? Ideally it serves us best to see the world through the eyes of love; however for must of us that may seem outside our reach. So maybe we could work up to that by aiming to see the world:

  • through the eyes of neutrality
  • through the eyes of peace
  • through the eyes of humor
  • through the eyes of kindness
  • through the eyes of well being
  • through the eyes of simplicity
  • through the eyes of tolerance

How do we do this? Start by noticing how we see the world now. As we’re driving, for instance, are we on the lookout for people who would cut us off or for people who would be courteous? Are we on the lookout for people who want to take advantage of us or for people want to help us? Are we on the lookout for things to go wrong or for things to work out? Are we on the lookout for disappointments or for miracles?

On the surface, this may seem like we’re taking a rather naive approach to life. On the contrary, it’s making us more aware of what’s happening from a more neutral state. We being encouraged to remove the filters, to be more present so that we can more readily and honestly assess what “is” and then know what to do about it (if anything). Yes, someone may still cut us off in traffic, take advantage, disappoint us, etc. Yet when we’re seeing the world through the eyes of humor, let’s say…rather than being angry about it we could instead find the humor in it.

Ultimately, it comes down to this:
how we chose to see the world,
will be exactly how we see the world.


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this:

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