Are You Blind? He Said...
“Imagine walking along a sidewalk with your arms full of groceries, and someone roughly bumps into you so that you fall and your groceries are strewn over the ground. As you rise up from the puddle of broken eggs and tomato juice, you are ready to shout out, ‘You idiot! What’s wrong with you? Are you blind?’ But just before you can catch your breath to speak, you see that the person who bumped into you is actually blind. He, too, is sprawled in the spilled groceries, and your anger vanishes in an instant, to be replaced by sympathetic concern: ‘Are you hurt? Can I help you.”
This is a passage out of B. Alan Wallace’s Tibetan Buddhism for the Ground Up and in it he sets an important point for us all to consider.
Most of the day we’re walking around in our heads filled with stories rehashing past events or rehearsing future ones. Our brain has frozen what life is about, who people are, what the potentials are for us and others. In some ways it makes us blind to the possibilities all around us.
When we can recognize the nature of being ignorant, the light begins to shine on things we never knew existed before.
Just like in the story, once the main realized he was ignorant his heart opened to compassion.
Consider how you might be rushing through life and what you are blind to. Are you blind to the humanity of the grocery clerk who is ringing you up and packing your bags? Are you blind to the emotional imbalance of an angry driver on the road? Are you blind to your own personal suffering of stress, anxiety or depression?
It’s okay to admit that we’ve been ignorant, in fact it can be liberating. It’s doesn’t represent a lack of intelligence, quite the contrary. To begin to open our eyes to what we’ve been avoiding or to what we haven’t been seeing is an opening to wisdom.
Consider today what you’ve been blind to and begin opening your eyes to a new life.
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