Vision by Laura Davenport
This week's blog post is from IAHL Treasurer Laura Davenport.
You hear all the time about vision - people seeking it, having it, sharing it. That's all great but the trouble is once you see something, you can't "un-see" it. If you discover something about a person that you don't like, you may be able to overlook it, but it will never go away that it's there. If you see a pattern such as a face in a rock or a wood floor, it will be nearly impossible to look at those objects and not see that pattern. Same with your own traits and behaviors, same with knowing what's really in a hot dog (I still don't know and don't want to know).
My point here isn't to say you shouldn't look. My question is what tools can you use to address whatever you see that you may fleetingly wish you could un-see? Compassion for your own traits and behaviors and those of others - maybe that you're doing the best you can at the time? Looking at that object and trying to find more than one pattern so you can see more of the whole of the thing and not just what your mind wants to jump to it being. My friend once said transformation is a one way street. I think that's true - once you start seeing the true nature of life, it's impossible to go back and "un-see" it.
What practices work for you to handle what you see?