Today the mantra for my meditation was: “I open my consciousness to reality.” As I repeated this thought in my mind, its meaning began to shift. First, I thought of being in the present moment–settling in and accepting the reality of each passing instance of time.
Then it became more, pointing me to the filters through which I view the world in each moment. Human beings are programmed to filter information–to fill in gaps or complete a thought based on past experience. This instinct is great when we need to complete many tasks quickly or are, say, running away from a bear. It’s less helpful when we’re facing obstacles such as depression, anxiety, chronic physical pain, worry, and many other sorts of maladies that are prone to cloud our judgment.
What filters can we see more clearly today so that we might open our consciousness to reality?