Today I want to share a modern day parable… The Window Through Which We Look
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean”, she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life.
So, I am curious to learn how many of you have a regular (daily) practice that keeps your window clean?
How we see the world in which we live depends so much on the clarity of the window/lens through which we look. If it is clouded with judgments, attachments, and “unwavering beliefs” that will affect our daily experience.
I love this story because it reminds me that like windows, the lens through which we look at life, needs to be kept clean. There are many ways for people to do that. Some write, others play music or sing, many I know “go for a run”, my wife paints. For me, it is my meditation practice. This has become a time when I clear my mind of all else, turn in, unite with my God.
I would like to offer a suggestion, if you want to see things clearly, as they truly are, find a practice that works for you and make it part of your daily/weekly routine. Do it for a month and see what you notice.
I hope the experience is positive and that you will share about it with me.