Preview KEW Episode 64: The Forest for the Trees

I love the ‘forest for the trees’ metaphor because it describes a fundamental facet of human nature.

Most of the time we tend to be myopic, only seeing what is right in front of us. For whatever reasons, our species is great at believing what our eyes see. Our ‘field of view’ seems to be ‘all there is’.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to think of ‘myself’, my ‘self’, the ‘real me’, whatever, as being a combination of my eyes and brain.

Like when I meditate, I close my eyes but still think of ‘me’ as being my brain and my eyes. And I guess the rest of me is just the rest of me.

Despite having four other completely developed and incredible senses, we default to our eyesight as telling us what the world is.

And, even further, we tend to believe the world is only what is within our field of view. Or right in front of us.

So, yeah, a lot of the time I’m not really aware of the forest because I believe the handful of trees in front of me is all there is.

To see the world more completely I try to be aware of my other senses and the other parts of the world that exist whether I see them or not:)

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KEW Episode 29: Gratitude

Gratitude is touted as being able to improve an array of human problems. Anger, depression, anxiety, dieting, and other stressful issues have decreased in people who practice out being grateful with some regularity. Psychologists, neurologists, and therapists suggest being grateful as part of any self-improvement plan.

But what is it about ‘feeling thankful’ that produces calm, peace, and satisfaction where before there was anxiety, anger, and suffering?

I’m sure I don’t know, but this week I talk about gratitude and my experience with very brief gratitude practice.

In short, I think practicing gratitude, at the very least, shows us how we can manipulate our emotions ourselves. Asking yourself to be grateful is actually a practice in changing your perspective. Also, expressing gratitude feels good.

I’m no guru, and by no means have mastered this technique but I am starting to believe it’s more than snake oil.

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