Seeing With New Eyes
As living creatures, we are constantly growing and evolving. When we are open to change, we have the ability to see things from different vantage points. To experience this, we must first surrender control. Then, it’s possible to find freedom in the unknown and be accepting of what is.
New possibilities are constantly available to us, and most of the time, we don’t know the details of how it will all play out. It’s ok to not know. Surrendering to life’s unexpected moments, challenges and opportunities is a major aspect of growth and transformation. Coming to these realizations has enabled my book to take on new meaning; it feels like a living creature now.
My perspective has shifted during the writing process, and I finally feel as though I’m creating the book that it was always meant to be. It looks nothing like I thought it would, when I first starting writing.
I’m sharing dark days from a place of love.
Feelings of fear, judgement, anger, resentment and guilt exist, in writing, from a different place and time. Scribbled in hand-written journals, I reflect on the days when life was painful, and I was confused. In those moments, when I poured my heart out on paper, I didn’t see the world as I do today.
I look through eyes of love, without self-deprecating thoughts, resentment or blame. I am grateful for the words that I wrote years ago. I appreciate the path of self-discovery that began with pen and paper, and I believe that light is born from darkness.
The thoughts and feelings that I had when I was depressed are long gone. I’m not as attached to my history and my old thought patterns anymore. When I reflect on my journals, it often feels as though I’m reading someone else’s words. I can visualize my present self sitting next to the little girl version of me, drying her tears and helping her to see that the sun will shine again.
I now get to communicate without attachment to beliefs and ideas that do not serve me or the world at large. It feels amazing.
I think, perspective shifts in physical form too. I just returned from a family visit to Inverness, my home town. As a high schooler, I couldn’t wait to leave. I didn’t see beauty in my surroundings because I didn’t see beauty in myself.
Yesterday morning, I meditated with my sister underneath an old cypress tree with Spanish moss canopies hanging overhead. We sat cross-legged facing the lake, eyes closed, and in silence… breathing fresh air and going inward. When the meditation ended, I had tears in my eyes as I took in the beautiful place that I will always call home. There were butterflies dancing nearby and fuzzy little caterpillars crawling on our blanket.
Beauty and love surround us always. Where we choose to focus is what makes all the difference.