eople who know me say I share too
much personal information and only a
slight filter exists between my thoughts
and my willingness to share them. Life long
friends would undoubtedly say I have learned
to use restraint when talking about subjects
that people identify themselves with such as
politics or religion. I owe this asset of restraint
to many years spent being opinionated, judg-
mental and wrong.
Opinions vary according to each per-
son’s life experiences, and we often judge people and situations from the only per-
spective we have, our own. It is as if we each have our own pair of glasses; some
with blue lenses, others with red, yellow or maybe green. Depending on how our Editor
bodies feel on a particular day any of those lenses may be foggy or clear. My point Linda Sechrist
is--our past and our emotions interpret and create our reality.
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A woman from Costa Rica may say that the Blue Ridge Mountains are cold in
May, while we locals are wearing shorts and flip-flops. We can choose to acknowl-
edge the woman’s personal experience and then shift our focus to appreciate the
beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in May, or we can choose to debate our differ-
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ence of opinion. Courtney Ayers
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle writes “Being right places you in a position
of imagined moral superiority in relation to the person or situation that is being
judged and found wanting.” But how many of us take time to count the cost—what
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we lose by being right?
This month, Natural Awakenings explores Awakening Consciousness (see
page 18) and a bold new vision for mankind. When we awaken to the fact that we
all share the same resources, no matter how we believe those resources came into
being, or what name we assign to them, we catch a glimpse of magnificent one-
ness. When we cease to quibble over insignificant nuances, we smell the sweet
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love, we become one with God.
People often lose everything by clinging to a need to be right, when just the
willingness to be wrong opens up an eternity of possibility. Arrogance and pride
have forged many wars while meekness and humility have unified nations. I have
cause to be optimistic.
Each month, I have the privilege of speaking with hundreds of people in
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