Seeing for First Time
When we look at people and objects, we usually see them through preconceived lenses. These lenses cause distortion in our beliefs about objects and people. For instance, we see someone who hasn’t showered for a couple of weeks with dirty and ripped clothing on, we immediately obtain an image in our mind about that person and their background. This prevents us from having an openness to others majority of the time. The same goes for objects and other life. For example, we see an insect on the ground. A ladybug gets a lot more attention than let’s say, a cockroach. However different, these insects represent life and both have a right to be on this Earth. The same goes for our fellow brothers and sisters.
Looking around in my surroundings, I saw flowers of different shapes and colors, the pool and trees. Zooming in on one particular flower, I noticed the thoughts that entered my mind and felt the sensations I felt in my body. Immediately, I had labeled this yellow flower as pretty. Then I closed my eyes and opened them again, looking at a new object. This time I looked at a picture as if seeing it for the first time, without labeling it. Looking at this picture without preconceived lenses on, I was free to be curious about it.
Seeing objects and people as if for the very first time teaches us a few things. First, it teaches us to be aware of labeling. When we catch ourselves consciously doing it, we can stop. Next, it teaches us to accept everything and everyone as they are. Being without any preconceived notions, we see beauty in all things, great and small. Namaste