mindfulness

like strangers meeting for the first time

By November 11, 2013 3 Comments

In the deep of an hour long meditation the other night I came to understand that I can better remain present with the people in my life by remaining open to them like I might a stranger each and every time I meet with them.

Open to their energy. Curious and full of questions. Without expectations. Open to new information. Not completing their sentences or thoughts for them. Available to be surprised. Not allowing past conversations or interactions to weigh on or add layers to what they are expressing in the present moment.

By practicing this concept of keeping each person as a stranger, I might be better able to remain free of the anger, joy, excitement or sadness that lingers from our past exchanges.

And this could leave me open and available to capture the beauty of new first moments with the people I care about each time I interact with them.

And aren’t those first few moments amazing?

When everything is filled with possibilities about who they are and what they might come to mean for you?

It’s definitely won’t be an easy thing to practice, but I’m going to try.

xx
Aubrey

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  • Corrie says:

    interesting idea! i’m going to experiment with this as well to see what happens.

    Corrie E. Laker

  • Jack Saunsea says:

    I was having a similar thought the other day. Throughout my twenties (I’m 28 now) I have been largely traveling, meeting new people everyday and greatly enjoying making instant connections, which is a thrilling and ideal lifestyle for me. Due to family health issues, I’ve been in the same small town for all of 2013, seeing the same people at the local coffee shops everyday, with the seemingly same “What’s new? Not much…” conversations. I have to learn to view each day’s interactions like I would in meeting a stranger, ready to listen and dig deeper beyond the “Not much” responses.

    • Moksha Destiny says:

      this is so true. it’s one of the reasons I love traveling so much too. I’m sorry to hear about the health issues, but glad to hear that you’re using the experience to get creative and connect with people in a new way. thanks for sharing, Jack