Ponder Perception and then practice seeing in an expanded manner.
It will change how you hold yourself and work with others.
This is profoundly true. Once accepting that our interactions with each other are a mirror for each person: it becomes possible to use this awareness to deeply learn from every interaction. This awareness can help a person move more smoothly/gracefully in society. You discover it is possible to act more gracefully with the information seen rather push back out with assumed judgments .
If you are not aware with empathy then it becomes hard to do this. We lose sight of the mirror each person provides for us.
Open your heart to see another and yourself also. Use the full experience to improve your actions and then this improves society itself.
Seeing with ideals, acting with judgment may reinforce a society but it also disconnects people from reality. Judgment prevents people from seeing each other and entraps an entire country. It is no surprise the United States has the largest prison population on the planet today. This is a consequence of a judgmental culture. The very lifestyle of people is entrapping even those not in prison. Doesn’t it seem strange and wrong that the land of the free is has actually become the land of the most incarcerated?
The path out is how we hold ourselves and see each other. The path out is releasing judgment. So I challenge you to dig a little, to ask yourself what do you see, versus how are you acting.
This isn’t a time of soapboxes or righteousness. It’s a time of empathy and humanity.
I wonder how each person will decide to act when their moment comes: In judgment or empathy?
Do we see each other as human or animals? Do we see each other as friend or foe. How we see each other will reflect in the mirror of perception and will determine how everything plays out.
The nature of how the entire modern world shapes itself actually swings on this this one issue.
The Nature of Change: What Can I Do?
Showing a person an issue is different than finding simple ways to act
People will ask me: How do I change?
So I have thought about this quite a bit over the years. The simplest answer I can give is to act in kindness. I have many articles on the site about acting in kindness. One aspect of kindness is to not base actions on profit.
Strange to think but profit is probably the base cause of most problems in modern society today. In trying to always profit, a person is always taking more than receiving. Over time this adds up into bigger and bigger imbalances in life. Also by acting to profit the mirror of perception goes negative. To look for profit in a person is hold the other person not as a human, but rather as resource. When in judgment you look at a person as a resource you then dig and consume them. Consumption leaves nothing behind.
So when looking in the mirror of working with another person. If you look at others and ask: how can I gain from you? You start a reflective process of everyone undercutting each other. Over time the diminishing returns of profit only leaves ashes behind. If you look at the world today, the decimation of species, global warming, breakdown of social systems… it seems it all come out of actions based on profit. The mirror of profit leaves behind nothing.
So something to consider, ask yourself not how do I gain, but Ask: How can we help each other? A simple but profound change of wording. Yet this change creates a positive feedback loop instead of the negative feedback loop of profit.