Houcine-Ncib | Unsplash.com | adjusting your world View

I hate eye exams! I especially hate the effort required to adjust the lens through which I see and evaluate my world. This adjustment is like an eye exam, we change a lens and see if our view is better or worse than it was before and eventually we get the best view we can Areal view a corrected view that makes life better than it was. The process of adjusting or examining the lens through which we see the world around us.

What is the process?

The process of adjusting our lens starts with an initial setting. We have to discover our initial setting by:

  1. Examine our responses to the events of the day. Did we respond emotionally or rationally?
    Many of us respond emotionally rather than exhibiting judgment and making a conscious decision about what our response should be. We let journalists decide how we should respond rather than doing our own fact-gathering. Remember that the journalist’s goal is to sensationalize to get you to buy the publication first and then express a point of view that may be from a different worldview.
  2. Examine the what and why of the response. Did we respond this way because our view was threatened? Is our belief system under attack and do we have to protect it? Do we have a bias that is getting in the way? What from our past experiences caused this response?
    Our current worldview has been formed by our past experiences. Who and where we grew up. Whether or not we were exposed to multiple points of view growing up. What church we go to. Who our friends were. All of these events helped form our worldview until we start thinking for ourselves and change it to the way we want it.

As we examine each of our actions it like having the optician adding or taking away a new lens and asking if this one is better or that one. We are and should be our own opticians.

3. We do this through a reflection on our day and the actions or feelings we had. We determine during this defective time on our day to identify what we think went right and what went wrong. A friend of mine describes this as “unraveling the ribbon of the day.”
Changing our worldview can be a slow process depending on the life experiences we have endured. For example, a person who has grown up in an abusive home will have more to overcome than a person who grew up in a loving home. This is one of the effects of overturning Roe v Wade that is the most alarming- more children will grow up in homes where they are unwanted creating stress and an unhealthy environment.

4. Another tool to help us understand our lens is to take time to meditate each day. This will help clear your mind and reduce the stresses of the day so you can see yourself more clearly.
Meditation and mindfulness are very helpful in building a new better world viewer ourselves. Meditation provides time to learn about our innermost thoughts and feelings so that we can decide what needs to change.

Mindfulness stresses living fully in the moment. Fully experiencing the now. Not dwelling on the past or always thinking about the future. Now is all we have for sure, the past is gone and cannot be changed, and the future is not guaranteed for anyone.

What is the goal?

The goal we are reaching for is a lens that gives us a worldview that

  1. Realizes that everyone is a part of and can add value to the human race.
    Contrary to the popular philosophy of dualism which prompts us to believe in good and bad, right or wrong, us and them; we are all part of a single human race. We have to look past skin color, religion, and country to the reality that we are all human and have something to provide to humanity.
  2. None of us are perfect and really know all of the answers.
    Are you perfect, always right, and sure of it? I know I and not. If you can truly understand this then you realize that everyone, no matter what they propose, knows a part of the truth and can help solve any problem we face.
  3. Realize we have to listen to everyone’s ideas to find the best path forward.
    We have to learn to listen, not to find fault or figure out a response but to understand. None of us have all the best ideas and by not listening for understanding, we lose out on our collective wisdom.
  4. Realize that we can only affect what is within our control.
    This is one of the hardest ones for me. I have to let go of those events that I cannot control. Such as, who is president, the war in Europe, the famine and migration in the Middle East, etc. These events are beyond my control. I can speak up from my world view to those in control of these events but that is the extent of my ability to control them. What I do control is how I let them affect me in my daily life.
  5. Most importantly savor each moment.
    Savor your life and squeeze every sight, sound, and smell that is happening around you. Expose yourself to the young, the old, the arts, and music and really fully experience them.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius