When walking down the street and being aware of this experience through the eyes, nose, skin, ears, mouth and the body, what does this tell us.
This experience says that everything we perceive is through the senses.
Now then, as I walk by someone on the street I use my senses to comprehend them. The senses “sense” according to their job i.e. my eyes see the person but the interesting point is as those senses i.e. sight enters my mind, my mind adds “depth”.
This mind “depth” colours the experience of comprehending the person and it can alter my view of that person considerably.
As I spoke to a homeless person the other day, I was close enough to smell the alcohol on their breath and at one time I would had judged that person harshly.
Interestingly, the same day I was talking to one of my work colleagues and his breath also smelt of alcohol.
If I am to judge, should I judge these two people the same because their breath both smelt of alcohol.
As I walk down the street I use my mind to add depth to the perception and the comprehension of the people around me.
Within each of those people is a mind like mine perceiving and comprehending based upon their own experiences and “depth”.
One of the most damaging aspects of the depth that our mind adds is judgement. Judgement accepts some aspects of a person and denies another aspect of a person based upon our personal view.
Interestingly, our view may or may not be correct but our mind does not really care, it judges and we act according to that judgement.
When we next pass someone on the street see if you can see what depth your mind adds to the perception of someone.
If you get this far, can you tell why you colour your perception this way.
Insight is available to us at any time, if we seek it.