Today’s forgiving journal is about neutrality – a first look 🙂 .
Lately, I’ve been questioning the way I look at things. Why is it that I see some things as “bad” and some things as “good”? For example, I got my teeth deep cleaned. I had trouble seeing the blessing in that. On the other hand, I had no trouble seeing the blessing of my friend calling just at the right time.
This relates to neutrality, because what I am learning in forgiveness is that nothing is inherently good or bad, it is my judgment that makes it so.
OK, to explore this further, I’d like to use this week’s photo challenge from Dutch Goes the Photo. This week’s theme is “unusual”, or to pick out a scene where there’s something that doesn’t quite fit.
There are two photos I’d like to share. The first is of a play house smack in the middle of a busy Brooklyn neighborhood. (How unusual is that?) When I saw it, I smiled and it made me think how I can create happy time no matter what is going on in my life!
The second photo is of an older man sleeping in the café area of Whole Foods. He’s at a table mostly by himself, and other people are eating or on their computer … certainly not paying him any attention. As I took the photo, I questioned why I didn’t go and check on him myself and I was disturbed by that.
I am aware that the first scenario of kids playing seems good to me, and the second one seems bad. How do I know that, though? Maybe that sleeping man is getting the rest he needs after a hard day, or maybe if he is having a tough time, it’s providing him with a strength that will help him greatly.
Time for forgiving:
1 – Self-forgiveness: I forgive myself for judging myself for not checking on that man. I forgive myself for judging that morality has any bearing on the inherent goodness in all of creation.
2 – Letting Go: I let go of my beliefs, expectations, and fear around what is good and bad, and I open to the wisdom of my spiritual heart to show me a greater truth.
3 – Gratitude: I am grateful that I don’t have to have the answers. I’m grateful for my willingness to approach life in a whole new perspective of neutral observation and to see what happens.
I am aware now that I have an opportunity to be of service to myself and to this planet by looking at each scenario as an opportunity to see the good, to honor each person’s lessons, and to forgive my judgments. The rest will follow.
I don’t know if this makes sense to any of you. What I do know is that it was very important for me to share this inner exploration I am doing around neutrality, seeing the blessings, and how to serve.
I love you.