What you see is what you get…right?
Leadership and life are so dependent on the way that you look at things. Perception is a reality, isn’t it? Personally, I am not aware enough of the way that I CHOOSE to look at things and how that affects my inner life.
The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life.
John O’Donoque wrote that if you cannot bring a kind eye of creative expectation to your inner world you will never find anything there.
In my own work and reflections on leadership and life, I am convinced we need to be more deliberate and aware of the way we look at things. Richard Rohr writes about something called Third Eye Wisdom and says that we basically look at things with three sets of eyes.
The Eyes of Flesh (thought/sight), the Eyes of Reason (meditation/reflection) and the Eyes of intuition (true understanding).
This third eye view is knowing something and looking at it simply by calmly being present to it, without processing and overthinking. We often tend to box in, diagnose, categorise, process, interpret and judge…instead of just calmly being present. That might be the only wisdom we need! Third eye wisdom, just calmly being present!
Take a moment and just be present to what came up for you in the sentences above. Try to notice how you look at things.
- Do you immediately judge, categorise and reason?
- How can you be more open to calmly being present to it without processing or thinking too much?
Try to practice this third eye wisdom in the next meeting or the next time you spend time with your loved ones.
Take a deep breath, as slow as possible, and simply reflect on the above questions.
May you look at your world and yourself with kind, creative eyes of expectation!