Have you ever heard of tunnel vision? (Also known as Kalnienk vision.) A dictionary defines it as following: Vision in which the visual field is severely constricted, as from within a tunnel looking out. An extremely narrow point of view; narrow-mindedness. And Wikipedia states that some of the causes of tunnel vision include alcohol consumption, extreme fears and distress, eye diseases, prolonged exposure to contaminated air, intense anger, etc..
Think about a problem you have. You can pick a petty one or a big one. (Really, pick one. I’ll wait for you… I want you to do this exercise. Pick a problem and take your time.) Hold it in your mind. Feel it stir emotions, blame and excuses. Feel your body become contracted and your breathing restricted. Just sit with the thought of the problem. After you have felt the changes it creates in your body, watch this video. Watch it all the way through — don’t read ahead until you do.
When you have a greater awareness, greater prospective, it can free you of your stuckness, of your nature to fixate on things. In the video it’s apparent that there is a divine order of things, where everything is connected, and nothing is separate. Within that incomprehensible amazingly orchestrated universe… is us. Me & you — worrying, doubting, and fearing something that will inevitably change. Because what does life do? It changes.
I got this idea from Wavy Gravy. But I’m going to put my own twist on it. I decided that when I move to my new home, I’m going to pick a wall and prominently display a pair of funny glasses. And when I get too serious, or when I’m in an argument, or heated discussion, I’m going to put on the funny glasses and continue to process and articulate my serious & important thoughts. And I will have several pairs available! So anyone taking life too seriously can have the opportunity to ‘see better’ and lighten up along with me.
I hate to break the news folks, but we are not in control. No one is. And while we are all together on this very mysterious & magnificent ride, we might as well enjoy it and have a little fun. We might as well love, let go, and lighten up. We might as well see our lives from a greater perspective; one that has room for everyone and everything, including the unknown. When our hearts are big enough to be filled with the universe, our eyes follow suit.
Give up the need to control. Surrender and smile. See all of life as Grace. Find something constructive in your ‘problems.’ See if they have anything to teach you, to offer you. Can they teach you to love bigger? See bigger? Play bigger? Risk bigger? Laugh bigger? Trust bigger? Give them a chance to show you something grand.
…If not, you can always come over and put on funny glasses with me.
[Video credit: Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. POWERS OF TEN © 1977 EAMES OFFICE LLC Available at www.eamesoffice.com]