Seeing the Seeing

“It’s not what you are looking at, it’s where you are looking from…” – Mooji

It was April 2010 and I was planning a holiday to experience a

special festival that happens in India every 12 years, the Kumbh

Mela. As a seasoned traveler I am used to vacating my home for

lengthy periods so winding down food stocks to minimize waste was

in the back of my mind underlying my purchasing decisions. As the

time to depart got closer, I was under pressure to delay for a week

due to commitments but somehow I felt stuck and torn in a

resistance that I couldn’t understand. The resistance was

preventing me from getting clear on an alternative departure date

and left me feeling in limbo.

It was only after identifying the mindset from where the resistance

was emerging that I could see it was linked to the food stocks.

Delaying my departure would mean having to buy more food. This

potentially meant waste in the fridge of unfinished items, which

went against my values.

As silly as it may sound, this is how the mind works, holding us

hostage to trivial issues that can easily be managed if we can see

the mindset from where we are seeing. Recognising the value

judgments and the beliefs that create the foundation from where we

are looking is a critical step towards loosening the power it holds

over us.


The problem lay in not what I was seeking to do, but from where I

was looking. Through the conditioning of values and beliefs, the

mind is veiled with a limited perception, creating a mindset that

filters the way we see the world. We get so caught up in the details

of what we are looking at; our interpretations of people and

situations, but we rarely question the relevance of the mindset from

where we are interpreting. When we see from where we are

seeing, we are free to make choices to accommodate changing



By cultivating self-awareness you are able to identify the issues that

stand in the way of moving forward and make necessary

adjustments as needed. When I saw the reason I was resisting was

due to the value against food waste, I was able to consider making

alternative arrangements like giving the extra food to neighbours.

With a shift in mindset resistence evaporated and rescheduling my

travel plans flowed like a breeze…

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