I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
What you think you will see you will see. Our thoughts affect our perceptions and as we perceive and think we have an impact on other people through our nonverbal, and verbal behavior.
How often have you been falsely accused of doing things you didn’t do, thinking things you didn’t think, feeling things you didn’t feel? People are constantly telling us what they think we think, what they think we feel, what our behavior means in terms of motivations, intentions, preferences, and desires.
There probably is little in the world of the ego that hurts our pride and sense of well being as much as to be falsely accused, or to falsely accuse others because in a judgmental way we think we know them.
Today, in applying this lesson, we are asked to look around for 2 or 3 minutes, 3 or 4 times during the day, and say to ourselves subvocally, I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts. This exercise can be unnerving and maybe even spooky at first until we get used to it and then we laugh at our own arrogance and presumptiveness. We all are such fools.
As Unitarian Universalists we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person but so often we overlook it and see things we think we see in our ignorance, malice, and sometimes naivete. Today’s lesson, if applied, will help us become more mindful.