January 21, 2014 4 Comments
I hope this new year is bringing you the experiences you hoped for.
I’ve been reflecting on the core idea of this blog, that is, bringing the meditation practice into daily living by weaving spiritual practice into every aspect of being. At the heart of that practice is observing ourselves as we interact with our world. This year my mind has been drawn to looking at how that power of observation could help us to uncover the deeper layers of conditioning that are there in the subconscious. It would be interesting to unearth both the helpful and the unhelpful aspects, don’t you think?
Our country of birth, the community we were born in, all created some of that conditioning. When we travel or encounter those of different cultures this conditioning becomes more apparent. We see there are different ways of being in this world. We can get a similar type of awakening if we look at films or read books steeped in other cultures. Or we can choose to overtly study cultural differences. Eventually I think it would be marvellous to consciously choose and embrace those elements from different cultures that are more liberating.
I’ve wondered how my background impacts my soul purpose. Why was I born at that particular time, with my specific family? How did those circumstances help me in my journey of soul evolution? And what about my current life circumstance, how is it supporting me?
I’ve loved journalling since I was a small child so I have looked back at my journals to try to answer these questions. What is uncanny is that the same themes come up throughout. I found when I look ed back at my “sent” emails I saw some of those same priorities. As I looked at the history of websites on my computer the same themes showed up. I have a feeling if I was to look back at credit card expenses I will see the same. In other words how we see the world is there for us to uncover no matter how we look at our history.
I don’t have all the answers that I’m seeking as yet. I’m still looking back, because I feel my past will help me to decide how to move forward. It’s an interesting thought to contemplate, isn’t it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.