Everyone has a ‘map’ of reality. Do you know what I mean?
A map is something we use to help us navigate through a certain area. It represents the territory using lines to symbolize roads and rivers and dots to indicate cities and towns.
Your ‘map’ of reality is very useful. It’s how you navigate through life. It helps you remember how to get dressed in the morning. Without it you wouldn’t be able to drive your car or use your cell phone. I play guitar, and without my ‘map’ I would have to relearn the instrument every day.
This map also contains the ideals, beliefs and assumptions that help us make decisions. Your mind is conditioned. It has adopted certain beliefs – assumptions – about things you may or may not understand.
But some of these beliefs don’t serve us very well. These are the hidden values, the unconscious agendas, that hold us back. They produce the thoughts that lead to unhappiness, bitterness, resentment, anger and depression – emotions that surface almost involuntarily.
Do we need to be limited by these unconscious beliefs that have control over our emotional life?
No – not if we’re willing to learn how to become aware of them. For there is a way in which we can become more aware; and if more aware, then better able to make better choices. And that way is by practicing mindfulness.
We are going to spend the next few weeks taking a look at mindfulness. We’re going to explore this thing called ‘map of reality’ and see how mindfulness can help us bring to our awareness the hidden things that hold us back.
Hopefully, we will learn how to make better progress in recovery.