Humans tend to make things more complicated. Talk about not nurturing! When we mire ourselves in analyzing every aspect of the issue, trying to figure a situation out mentally, we become entrenched in the situation, unable to see real solutions.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to distill everything into a simple truth? Well, duh. The fact is, however, when you are buried in a situation, any truth is impossible to see.
knowledge vs. perception
Knowledge is truth. Truth is objective, real, unalterable. Truth is not based in the world of time and space. It is eternal. Perception, on the other hand, is subjective, learned and constantly changing. It is based on interpretation in time and space, not facts. Obviously, we need perception to function in the material world. It is how we process and communicate. Yet, it is not fundamentally real.
For example, I can’t tell you what truth is, because it would be filtered through my perception. I could say it is love, God, religion, the universe, kindness, but you would give each of those terms meaning different than my meaning–not truth.
Bottom line: simply knowing that your perception is not real and the way you’re interpreting a situation is not real frees you from those trenches. Then how do we ever figure out the truth, the solution? Check out the uncomplicated, the stuff underneath the thoughts and meanings we give to things.
Three steps to see the uncomplicated:
- Look around at the objects in your space. Notice each thing (especially things you’ve identified as “valuable”) and say, “Nothing I see in this space means anything. This [table, chair, necklace, video game] does not mean anything.” Without thoughts, memories, and perceptions, objects do not have meaning.
- Again, look around at the same objects and say, “I have given everything I see in this space all the meaning it has for me.” Make sure not to exclude anything. Notice each thing, regardless of size, weight, or color.
- Then close your eyes and watch your thoughts. Say, “Like the objects in my space, these thoughts do not mean anything.” Go through each thought, without preference to the “good” or “bad” thoughts.
This is about clearing out the mental complications, travelling away from the unreal thoughts and judgments we place on the real. Another piece to that puzzle is clearing out the crud in your body. How can you simplify things if your body is frantically trying to digest the unhealthy? Try more greens.
- 1-2 cups greens (I use kale and spinach)
- half of a carrot
- half of a frozen banana
- 1/2 cup juice or tea (I often use guava kombucha–yum!)
- 2 tbsp seeds, optional (I use 1 tbsp hemp and 1 tbsp sunflower)
Blend, simplify, relish.