When I get overwhelmed, I find that I can’t seem to get out of my own head. I’m lost in “Phil’s World” and struggle to see the Other. I can become small minded, impatient, selfish and dualistic:
“I’m right and you’re wrong”
“This is the only way (my way) to do it”
“Why do they think like that? They must be wrong”
The other night, I was on the phone to a friend and it did me good to just sit and listen for a while. My friend had plenty of stories to tell. I found myself laughing and smiling like I hadn’t done all week.
Sometimes it takes a moment to move us into a more contemplative space. Another person, being outside in nature, a piece of music, a story.
When was the last time something moved you outside of your “Own World”?