It's A Small World (After All)
Hello and welcome to Saturday, December 11, 2021. Today is a rare and precious palindrome (12.11.21) day that will never come again. How will you make the most of it?
Though it may in fact help to support my point, it is not my intention to get the Disney song, “It’s A Small World (After All),” playing on loop in your mind. If it is now, or if it is soon, I apologize.
We know what it’s like to have a song stuck in our head or to be caught up in rumination. Our mind typically drives us mad when this happens. We become distracted and it’s hard to concentrate. The song, or whatever, is in the foreground and everything else is in the background. It’s often during these times when we enter a room and forget why we walked in there; we find ourselves driving down the road completely oblivious about what happened over the last five miles; in the middle of a conversation, we find ourselves asking, “What were we talking about?”
When our mind is preoccupied with these unwanted loops of rumination, we are living in a small world (after all). While this is bad enough, unfortunately, it gets worse. Sometimes, we become so possessed with thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, that we can’t see outside of them.
If all we can think about is feeding our hunger and are focused only on what we want to eat, how can we possibly call to mind all the individuals, through time and space, who are responsible for providing us that food? If we are so bitterly resentful towards our mother for not supporting the choices that we made in our career life, how can we possibly remember and appreciate all her sleepless nights when we were infants, the meals she prepared, and the clothes she provided? If we are grudgingly angry with those people, who think so differently and who voted for that other person, how can we possibly recognize that these very same people build the roads we drive on, save our lives as they rush us to the hospital in their ambulances, teach our children with love, care, and concern, and grow the food that we’re obsessively consumed with eating? If early in a romantic relationship we are so enchanted by the idea of who we think they are, how can we possibly see that they are not a healthy fit for us?
Mindfulness helps us to develop a big, open mind. A comprehensive Mindfulness practice gives us the tools to not only recognize and release thought loops which prevents us from being present, but it also teaches us how to examine and dismantle inaccurate personal beliefs and social conditioning. Without exploration, most of us will never know the depth of our misperceptions.
Though the mind will most likely not agree, we tend to view the world from a limited perspective. When we learn to identify and break down our conceptual walls, we will most certainly see, that yes, it really is a small world (after all).
As always, I’m here to help.
You are Loved by me, Unconditionally!
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