SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to "what you see is what you get?" How do you practice keeping your eyes open and seeing the pennies the world has to offer? Can you share a personal experience of taking the time to see?
Yes, it is really true. not in computer graphics alone : What You See Is What You Get : WYSIWYG
I was going for a stressful meeting to seek justice knowing that none may be available, when two pennies lifted my spirits, and made me stand taller in still asking for it. A convenient parking spot in an otherwise difficult to park area where the meeting was. And, a lovely bloom laden tree right outside the building,reminding me that there is no justice even in the tree giving its beauty and bounty to all for no return in exchange. I felt well supported as I went in to seek justice because that was all I had to find courage to do. Not getting justice did not matter much. My duty ended with speaking my truth and standing up for what I believed in. Both the pennies facilitated my process in that.
"Cultivating healthy poverty and simplicity" is key (and most stands out, in this). A few of my favorite things: the sun, wind, fire, new life, birds singing, swinging, art, music, praying, reading, listening, Heaven and earth. . .
Interesting, how most of my favorite things don't come with a price tag. They were "pennies" gifted by Some ONE Who loves me.
What I see is my perception, and what I get is my perception. Two people look at the same thing, each has a different perception, and each gets something different. So it's important that my perception be as clear and neutral as I can get it, unclouded by obstacles like negativity, prejudice, preconceived notions, expectations. Becoming aware of the obstacles and letting go of them is the process of clearing my perception. In keeping my perception clean plus staying in the present I practice keeping my eyes open and seeing the pennies the world has to offer. If I'm not in the present, if I'm caught up in something from the past or planning the future I'm not likely to see the pennies in front of me. Keeping my eyes open in relation to nature reveals the many pennies that nature is full of, and comes easier for me than keeping my eyes open in relation to people about whom I've already made up my mind. When I have given a chance to someone about whom I have premade strong opinions and have kept my eyes open and listened openly, I have found pennies that the person has to offer, and that has been satisfying and healing.[Hide Full Comment]
Awaking.org is one such penny. I appreciate the weekly "soul food". This site requires that "I see" beyond what my eyes can see. I am touched in the form of word. Thank you!
My first impression is that it's if you are loved do when you are young, you can more easily love (be kind to others) as you grow older. My parents and family and environment where great as I was growing up and I believe this helps me to notice how great little things in life are. Noticing that I am one with everyone and everything helps me to treat others the way I would like to be treated. Meditation has been helpful for me to be more aware of my present experience. After practicing for many years, I still find that I am imperfect and somewhat selfish. when I accept that I have a tendency to be less selfish. I was a baby in the family for eight years and I notice, at times, I'm still somewhat babyish today. If I can accept that, I notice I can be somewhat less selfish – – less babyish. Present awareness is the key. Thanks for the opportunity to respond. Warm and kind regards to everyone