In a previous post, I talked about the observer seeing most of the game and by and large it’s true. They may not understand the finer details but sometimes as participants in a situation, we can’t see the wood for the trees.
I mention this because in a recent morning meditation, I was offered another view of my life, from a distance. There’s a management/therapeutic exercise which asks people to imagine staring down from a plane 30,000 feet up but still having precise vision to see the details on the ground. The intention is that seeing all round the situation with detachment, helps us shift whatever currently blocks us.
The version I received this week came from a lower height and offered me only specific symbols. Like the ones you see on Ordnance Survey maps. Contour lines,paths, buildings, rivers and so on. There outlined before me sat a snapshot of a map of a portion of my life. I felt a bit as if I were in a magic film as side paths appeared, took a diversion then re-joined the main path. Some side-shoots appeared wide at their beginning then narrowed quickly to peter out completely. Other, parallel paths appeared; some for a brief distance then leaving; others for a long period.
The main path continued on beyond the snapshot but went through different conditions. Ups and downs; what appeared to be water obstacles; a narrowing of the path.
On the recording for that morning, I commented that it teaches me again that life overall presents as a long distance race for most of us. We may sprint at different goals sometimes but in between those, it’s a step by step process. I’ve often been tempted into imagining a magic wand to instantly conjure up my in the moment desire. And occasionally things have happened in that way. But like the beguiling looking wide path, it hasn’t often given me exactly what I wanted or needed. Short sharp shocks have been more the order of the day!
It hadn’t occurred to me as it happened but on listening to the recording, I had asked at the beginning for a different view of my situation. And that’s precisely what I got.
Much to ponder.