Our perceptions are our impressions, our understandings, our interpretations, our assumptions, our inferences, our conclusions regarding apparent aspects of reality. My perceptions of a mound of dirt near the patio of our next house on an inspection tour with the HOA president, matched his when he identified it as a fire ant bed and began telling me how to get rid of it. My wife noticed a large flower pot leaning against the outside of the house, and said the fire ant bed was a lump of soil that had been dumped from the pot by the previous owner of the house. A swift kick proved her perception was accurate and our perception was not. Verifying our perceptions is a practice not often undertaken by people who look and take what they see for the way things are. Our perceptions change when we broaden our perspective to take things into account that do not readily appear in our line of sight. We do that by seeking to see more than we are looking at, by asking questions that examine our assumptions/inferences/presumptions/etc. and expand our field of view to explore possibilities and alternatives that did not come immediately to mind. Narrow perspectives are not as accurate as broad perspectives. Broad perspectives are more time-consuming and troublesome than narrow perspectives. Seeing asks more of us than looking. And so the importance of including silence, stillness, and emptiness in our regular pattern of examining and assessing what we are seeing/saying/doing in a day. Poke probe, explore, consider, contemplate, imagine, wonder... transform your world and the world of normal, apparent, reality.
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What a great story!
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