November Notes from Norman

Zen Mind Training:  59 Slogans for Generating Altruism (forthcoming)

We take our point of view so much for granted, as if the world were really as we saw it.  But it doesn’t take much analysis to recognize that our way of seeing the world is simply an old unexamined habit, so strong, so convincing, and so unconscious we don’t even see it as a habit.  How many times have we been absolutely sure about someone’s motivations and later discovered that we were completely wrong ?  How many times have we gotten upset about something that turned out to have been nothing?   Our  perceptions and opinions are often quite off the mark.  The world may not be as we think it is.  In fact, it is likely that it is not.