There are two ways to look at this image. I am right and you are wrong. Or Hey, I never looked at it that way before. It’s always up to us how we choose to see things, how we choose to interpret things. Am I right? Does that mean someone else has to be wrong? Is it possible that there’s another way of looking at things?
Meditating allows us to release negativity, to let go of the need to be right at the expense of the beliefs, values, traditions of others. Over time we come to realise that it does not matter what anyone else thinks. That we are all entitled to have and to hold our own opinions. That we all see the world through our own filters, which are shaped by our own experiences and not by the experiences of others.
As we live more in the peaceful inner world we create for ourselves through meditation and less in the frantic, divided us-and-them world we are more easily able to relax and accept that others see the world differently to us: and that doesn’t make them – or us – wrong. Of course, it also doesn’t make them – or us – right either!
If we are able to relinquish our need to be right, and able to see the world as others see it, we are able to alter our perspective, our picture, of our own world and/or environment. This gives us more options to deal with issues that present in our lives, more ability learn from the lessons life throws at us, more opportunity to grow and develop.
By using meditation as a tool to help us release negativity, we allow ourselves the opportunity to grow emotional intelligence and resilience, to see the world as both a six and a nine. And what a positive outlook that can be.