Thursday, July 9, 2020

July 9--Open Up

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.  --Thich Nhat Hanh

     "Don't make assumptions." This is one of the Four Agreements described in the book by that name, written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Too often we go into a situation or a relationship with assumptions or pre-conceived "views" about it. I would venture a guess that in most cases this is not a very helpful practice.
     What if we went into each new encounter or circumstance with a childlike sense of wonder and curiosity? Just completely open, allowing it to simply unfold? Having pre-conceived views can easily lead to disappointment, misunderstanding, confusion and resentment.
     I had a lively discussion with a group of friends last evening about the upcoming presidential election. Abandoning our views about who we prefer to win, we all agreed that we want to be at peace and without fear relative to the outcome, able to dwell in a higher consciousness knowing that good is expanding no matter what the voting results. From a place of peace, faith becomes a powerful ally as "things reveal themselves to us."
     Practicing life,

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