Driving along the Teague Parkway at dawn the other day I beheld the huge, full, pink moon setting in the western sky. It was one of those “wow, great to be alive” moments. Which is why, I suppose, this time of year is so wonderful. Spring - birth and renewal; Vernal Equinox – balance; Passover - freedom; Easter - triumph of spirit. If ever there is a cycling demonstration of Life, it’s the period beginning with the last full moon of winter (heralded by the worms moving and Robin’s feasting!) It’s a matter for perspective.
A confounding premise of quantum theory is that the mere action of observing (measuring, or watching) sub-atomic somethings affects the observed something. In essence, the action/state of the particle/wave/vibration conforms to the observation. On a philosophic level this begs the question - do we view the universe because it is there? Or, is the universe there because we view it? The universe is a really big space/time and it would necessitate a really “big” observer to bring it into “reality.” That’s the element that gives a lot of folks the willies - the prospect of Consciousness as the determining force. It’s much easier to speak of Mother Nature, evolution, natural law, or whatever. In any case, it’s a marvelous reality.
Yet this curious premise helps explain how our attention influences our experience. Which is to say, whatever we give our attention, we see/experience more of. This is self-evident. What’s on your mind is what you’re seeing and dealing with. It’s the chicken or the egg conundrum. How often have you heard (or had the experience) of thinking/saying “I knew that was going to happen,” usually – but not always - about something dreaded or unwanted? Or something to the effect “Well, yes, I’d like _____ (fill in the blank) but...” (then assert a contrary expectation!)
The question is what do we want? To feel good and enjoy Life, now? Or, something else? It does look more and more like a natural law that what we want (give attention to, think about, have strong emotions about) is what we experience. For years I’ve made it a point to hand-signal “time out” when someone makes a statement to the effect “Life is too short to ...” Whoa! Why cut short Life? Rephrase, state what is desired, which results in something like “Life is too important to ...”
Pareto Principle applies - 80% of your life is likely pretty good and only 20% “needs improvement.” Which gets the most attention? Of course, the 20%. Why does the 20% never seem to go away? Observing the problem increases awareness and thus experiences of the problem, and visa versa.