April 26

Today's quotation:

See the world as if for the first time; see it through the
eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.

Deepak Chopra

Today's Meditation:

I love to watch children look around themselves.  The younger they are, the more they look without judgment, without looking through the filters of beliefs, without preconceived notions that read personal ideas and ideals into everything they see.  They see with wonder and with the desire to learn, and it's very inspiring to watch them watch the world.

Can you close your eyes and think--very strongly--that you've never seen the world before, and the when you open your eyes you're going to see everything for the first time?  Think of the wonder involved in seeing so many things that other human beings have created, seeing so many things that belong to the natural world.  This world of ours is an absolutely amazing place, yet we choose not to be amazed any more.  That's sad for us.

What kind of freedom is Deepak Chopra talking about?  I believe he's talking about the freedom from judging the world, the freedom of allowing the world to be just what it is without taking the burden of changing it upon ourselves.  When we can see and accept the world as it truly is, there's no need to impose our need for order, our need for control.  And once we finally lose that need that keeps us from being free, then we can taste freedom.

Learn a lesson from the kids all around us--see the world, enjoy the world, be amazed by the world, but don't try to control the world.  Trying to make the world conform to your beliefs about what it should be only takes you further and further away from freedom, and is that really the direction in which you want to be traveling?

Questions to consider:

What would it take to see the world through the eyes of a child?

What do you think Deepak is talking about when he mentions "freedom?"

Why is it hard for us to see the world as it is?  How do our beliefs change what we see?

For further thought:

If my heart can become pure and simple
like that of a child, I think there can
be no happiness greater than this.

Kitaro Nishida

  

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