Changing our perception
There’s an interesting way our brains tend to work. Most people notice the shriveled dot first in the picture above.
Now, watch this clip with comedian Louis CK.
In case you’re not able to watch the video, Louis CK is noticing how everything is amazing and nobody is happy. We live in a world of miracles. Not only do we have the miracles that nature creates every moment, we also are surrounded by the miracles humans have created over the thousands of years we’ve been working to create a better world for our children.
The analogy in the grid of dots is that we are surrounded by such amazing miracles in every moment but if you watch people, you will likely begin to notice we’re focusing on the things that don’t work and often pushing against them, trying to change things. It may be argued this tendency has enabled us to create the society we’re in but we seem to be trapped in our perception, stuck in unhappiness and agitation about things that aren’t working the way we think they should whether they are the devices in our pockets or the relationships in our lives.
What if in any moment we could notice all the beautiful perfect amazing miracles happening around us? Sure there are still the problems, the shriveled dots, the cries for help, but until we can access a larger perspective and see all the perfect miracles, it will seem like we live in an unhappy world.
Watch for a few days and see what your friends focus on. What do you focus on at different points during the day? Are you able to change your perception in a moment and see the bounty of beauty and miracles surrounding you? Let us know how it goes!