There are at least 14 observed Religious Holidays in the month of December. We are a world of unique individuals with unique beliefs.
Everyone views the world through a different lens of belief, conditioning, history, experience, opinion, , personality, and brain function.
When we encounter a difference of belief or opinion (and we are in a time of extreme opinions and beliefs), we are often quick to judge both the opinion and the person as wrong. Have you noticed that this strategy does not bring us closer to a deeper connection or peace in our relationships, community or planet.
Rather than judging the belief as right or wrong, how would it be to get curious? What are they feeling? How or what might they be experiencing (present or past) that could be influencing them to think or feel a particular way?
Empathy – the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions – is a key ingredient of successful relationships because it helps us understand the perspectives, needs, and intentions of others. It helps to cultivate compassion.
Can I put myself in their shoes and see the world through their eyes? I may still have a differing opinion but curiosity and empathy can soften my stance. It helps me move from a ‘me against them’ to a ‘me and them’ place of compassion and understanding. It creates a softening in your heart and in your being. (psssst… this is the start of Inner Peace… that which you long for….) As you ponder your New Year’s resolutions and intentions for this season and this upcoming year, how about setting the intention to bring more curiosity into your life?
It takes a bit of mindfulness. When you feel yourself get activated, annoyed, irritated by another’s opinion…. stop, take a breath. Get curious.
It is a simple first step, although sometimes not easy, but a step closer to Inner Peace and peace on this planet earth.