June 2020 Newsletter
Hello, and a joyous June to you!
How are you at receiving?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about receiving.
In this interesting time, many of us are still sheltering at home,
our normal routines disrupted. How are you doing at receiving the good
which wants to come in anyway? Maybe you're so distracted by that unexpected bill, or by the noise in
your household when you're trying to work, that you can't focus on anything else. Don't you
hear that bird chirping joyfully outside your window in the sunshine, when you usually don't
get home from your office until well after dark?
Witness testimonies have shown time and time again how different people can give wildly
varying reports about the "same" incident. These folks aren't lying. They actually saw
or heard the scene, then interpreted it in their own unique way. Witnesses can be trained
not to make assumptions, to report only what is there. In a Robert Heinlein science fiction
story, a Fair Witness (a skilled profession in that world) might answer "What color is that
house up on the hill?" with "It's white on the side facing us". It might be purple, or striped,
on the sides which aren't visible from our viewpoint. A Fair Witness learns not to assume.
We can't pay attention to every scrap of sensory input, so how do we choose? Of course
in a dangerous situation we want to make sure we and those around us are safe, before we
take time to smell the flowers. However if there's no imminent catastrophe, do we want to
continue to fret about that long-standing problem, even though we've done all we could about
it for the moment? Or would we rather take a break and call a friend, or go for
a walk and literally smell the flowers, knowing this will lift our mood?
If you define yourself or your situation by what you've suffered, see if you can expand your
view a bit. There is more to you than that old injury or trauma. When I stopped thinking of myself
as Nearsighted Nancy, my nose buried in a book, and instead saw the lifelong student learning now to
see my world more clearly, it changed the way others saw me too. You might feel like you're in
the worst part of your Life Story right now, yet see if you can focus on where you're headed, what
you're going to try next, and all the help and support you have.
Every spiritual teacher I've worked with has mentioned the power of gratitude. You may be deep
in worrying about your current problem. And perhaps you can find a bit of gratitude about having
overcome some big difficulties in the past, and knowing you've developed powerful coping
muscles. Believing you can handle things feels better than self-pity. And maybe
in dealing with this current challenge, your capability muscles will get stronger, as you learn more
what to do if you see a similar problem coming toward you again.
Being grateful might seem new-agey or fluffy, not really fixing anything when you've
got a big serious mess. Give it a try, and you'll be surprised how shifting your focus to the
positive brings more positive into view. Look for the good, not as a trick to bring in more good
(though it will), but just because it feels better. You're missing the good if all you're doing is
complaining. And don't forget to appreciate the little things, like that bird singing or those
flowers blooming. Receiving these will make your life all the sweeter.
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Enjoy the start of this juicy month of June.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!