One of the things I’m constantly reminding you is that you are not your thoughts – you must be the thinker of those thoughts. When you are conscious and mindful, you get to experience life in the moment and create more of the outcomes you desire. Just as you are not your thoughts, you don’t want to be your concepts either.
We use words and labels to conceptualize things and make them easier to process. We group apples, pears and peaches as fruit, and carrots, celery and corn as vegetables. The concept helps to process, but it limits your ability to really see the uniqueness and beauty in each individual thing. This is true whether you’re looking at trees or flowers, mountains or rivers, movies or potential spouses.
Once you teach your child the concept of tree, they’re never really see another tree again. Maple, oaks, lilacs, and banyans are all trees, so they’ve seen it before. Boring. Or so they think. And so you think.
The concept helps you process the experience, but you must be mindful to actually experience the experience. How you doing on that?