One of the things I love most about Colorado is the variety of landscapes and weather conditions one can experience just by changing elevation. Today, for example, we began with lush Spring greenery at 6,000 feet, progressed to foothills wildflowers at 8,000 feet, and then hiked in falling snow at 9,000 and 10,000 feet. Variety, I'm convinced, truly IS the spice of life.
However, one of the things that perplexes me most about human beings is our relatively undeveloped ability to look at the meaning of life from a variety of different perspectives. For some reason, we get stuck on just one, yet often seem clueless about the fact that we really DO see according to a particular filter. Generally, we think we look through clear, spotless lenses, and this error is, of course, the source of so many of our conflicts with other people.
Seeing life from a variety of perspectives is built on the foundation of introspection - the practice of uncovering our own unconscious biases. Only when we see that we do indeed HAVE a particular view can we then come to appreciate the value present within OTHER particular views, and then begin to learn from the unique wisdom abundantly present within those very perspectives.
May all of us increase in this important awareness :)
Photos: Greenery at Horsetooth Reservoir; Pollinator on a Pasqueflower; Joanne hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. All three photos were taken in Colorado.
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.