Continuing the experiment I am calling "Nature and Nurture," I'd like to reflect on the themes and experiences that have showed up for me today.
It's interesting how themes sometimes surface for us and repeat. This day, over and over, from the supermarket to the bus stop, to the doctor's office, I found myself face to face with people who had incredible challenges in their current scenario. The burdens on their shoulders were far heavier than what I was personally carrying, although sometimes it feels pretty heavy. Of course, whenever we see a repeating pattern, we might choose to ask what the lesson is. "Why is this theme making itself so apparent to me?" On one hand, I might become sad for the people I saw, and in a few instances, I did.
That day, I was particularly committed to walking and riding my bike mindfully. I took my time in observation of all that showed up in front of me. In that space, one realization was that the message for me in this theme was about perspective. The request was to zoom out from my particular situation and to stop taking myself and my small life so seriously.
Most of us have a tendency to see problems in any or every situation, even though the challenge itself only exists within the environment of privilege, good fortune, and free will. For example, if I get upset that my medical insurance covered a smaller portion of a medical treatment than I'd expected. This happens within the container of having health insurance in the first place, having enough good health to qualify and the financial means to pay the monthly bill. But, we often take things like that for granted.
I did indeed zoom out and responded to those I saw with compassion and kindness, even silently, while wishing them well-being and peace. The mantra which eased my heart and mind was that I had enough conditions in my life at the very moment to be happy and that I could spread that to others.