When the sycamores in my neighborhood begin their annual shedding, I always ask myself, what do I need to release this year to speed my growth?
Perhaps I need to examine the story that constantly loops through my brain. I’m sure some of it can fall away like bark sloughed off a tree trunk.
Zen teacher Norman Fischer speaks to this point eloquently.
“We take our point of view so much for granted, as if the world were really as we see it.
But it doesn’t take much analysis to recognize that our way of seeing the world is simply an old unexamined habit, so strong, so convincing, and so unconscious we don’t even see it as a habit.
How many times have we been absolutely sure about someone’s motivations and later discovered that we were completely wrong? How many times have we gotten upset about something that turned out to have been nothing?
Our perceptions and opinions are often quite off the mark. The world may not be as we think it is. In fact, it is virtually certain that it is not.”
—from Training in Compassion