Look at how your thoughts, your guesses, and your assumptions will subtly fill in, add, subtract, multiply and even change your sense of what’s going on in these photos. Look at one, make up your mind about who they are, then look at it again and imagine them as other people. Especially do things like turn them from a jerk into a friend.
You’ll be surprised at how different the photo can appear when you change your mind.
Our own experiences will create various awarenesses. This understanding is a form of connection between ourselves and others. But if we live as though our guesses are truths, then our ego will lead us into trouble. It’s important to remember you’re making those interpretations all day long, so make them generously and compassionately. Keep them flexible too, because they’ll often be wrong. If you’re unsure as to the value of this exercise, just wait until the next time someone misunderstands you. Now try it out. Change your thoughts, change the photos. Make them into different people. Trust me, you’re good at it. You do it all day long, including to and about yourself. And it’s good to always remember that everyone we talk to sees us differently. 😉
Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.
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Following a childhood accident should have left him dead, Scott McPherson spent his life meditating on thought, consciousness, reality and the self. Seeing the emotional damage done by ego-based overthinking he began dedicating a part of his life to guiding students toward more peaceful and rewarding lives. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, Canada.