A Game Called Choice
Ahhh yes… I love this subject. The topic of what we perceive. Read the quote below…
“It’s wise to remember that everything you think you “know” or “perceive” is an interpretation. Every bit of information you take in is influenced and altered by your particular set of beliefs, assumptions, and associations based on your past experience.”
K, now read it again and really take it in. “Every bit of information we take in” – wow, that’s quite a bit, actually maybe even a little overwhelming. The reason why I love to touch on this subject so much is because it basically is a make or break situation. You can either view a situation one way and have a certain experience or you can view that same sitituation a completely different way and have a completely different experience… even though the situation is the same! I love it! It’s like a game. I’ve been practicing a lot these last few weeks on how I can view something. It’s been quite fun. For example…
A. be bummed out and think that I obvously wasn’t a good enough trainer for them to stick around or
B. be excited for the opportunity I had to help them and also see that I have an open time slot which would ultimately allow for a new client to come in.
Same situation, different outlooks. Option A would leave me feeling sad and not good enough, option B would leave me feeling grateful and empowered. See the difference? So it’s been fun trying on different views of things that are happening in my life. And with also practicing not being attached to something, I have no desired outcome… so whatever arises doesn’t faze me.
Here’s another great quote…
“Whenever we encounter something, the information goes through a subconscious translation process. In a millisecond, we calculate the meaning and value of what is occurring. What we react to is not the information itself, but rather our interpretation of that information.”
Great right? You know what I think of when I read that? The part that says “what we react to is not the information itself, but rather our interpretation of that information” – gives me the idea that we have a choice. We have control of our thoughts. I know that that in itself may be hard to grasp… but really think about it, “watch” your thoughts for a second. Think of someone or something you dislike. Like getting a parking or a speeding ticket. Instantly one would could get upset, letting the ego take over. You could choose to get angry with yourself and make the city wrong. Or… what if you looked at it like this… just simply celebrating the city, and being grateful for the clean streets, the parks, garbage pick-up, homeless shelters, etc. You can also take pride in participating in the salary of a city employee. Now that may sound crazy… but the fact is you have a ticket – how you choose to let it effect you is up to you. If you were to allow yourself to get angry you would thus experience separation and go comatose to all that you have in the present moment.
Maybe a little overwhelming? Maybe not? All I’m wanting for you to do is take on the practice of choosing how you react to something. Then if you still decide to get angry and punch a hole in the wall then you only have yourself to blame. What you may find though is that the more you look for an opportunity to be grateful for something the more of those opportunities will show up. There is always an opportunity to be grateful for something – always.
OK… one more quote, from the book “The Abounding River Personal Logbook”… this is a super duper good one…
“One of the paradoxes of being that we are suffering, struggling, complaining, worrying etc. we are also the creator of THAT experience! Be patient. That isn’t going to disappear, there is simply to notice where our attention is and then shift our attention to what we are committed to creating. Why not create something that is nourishing, inspiring and fulfilling? WHY WOULD WE PICK ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT WE WANT FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES?”
Alright now… ready? Game starts now… how many situations today can you stop and notice how your perceiving it – then if you are going down a path of suffering, complaining, worrying etc. change it to see it as something a little more brighter. I’m gonna play too… GO!!!