We’ve all heard it before:
The eyes are the window to the soul.
Eyes don’t just look around and see (Focus 2020). They welcome in light and darkness. They express emotion. They influence. They interpret. They facilitate understanding. They ‘shout what the lips fear to say‘ (William Henry). They are the hotline, the Do Not Pass Begin, straight to the heart link.
So if I may ask:
What are we feasting our eyes on?
Especially during lockdown, what are we investing our time in? What are we looking at on the web, watching on Netflix, reading in books and magazines? The eyes have an uncanny ability to unlock thoughts without conscious intention, good or bad. Ironically, what has been seen can never be unseen.
So with just a little bit of thought:
What behaviour have you displayed recently that seemed a little out of character or different to who you believe you are?
In other words, I may have lost my temper, seemingly for no good reason at all. It happens occasionally, but I know and believe I am generally not a person with anger issues. I have a fairly high tolerable threshold. But I do lose it sometimes. And it’s in that moment where I have to question my behaviour and understand the source of my frustration that got me to that point.
I think so often we see something and subconsciously transfer that thing into an action which may or may not be productive, or even good or in your best interest. I believe I am influenced because of what I am feasting my eyes on and I honestly don’t think this is the best way we can live our lives.
So here’s a challenge for you:
For just one day, consciously choose to only see that which is good, true and uplifting. Read a good innocent book (try the Bible and stay away from the News); watch a family movie that doesn’t have an age restriction (yes, they do exist); spend some time outside just sitting and listening to the sounds of nature; consciously use words that uplift; only engage in conversations that bring you joy and upliftment; be at peace with yourself. Trust me, it’s not as easy as it sounds!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we should stick our heads in the sand, oblivious to what is going on in our homes, our nations and the world. All I’m suggesting is to take one day to focus on that which is good, pure and peaceful. Almost like meditation, a cleansing from a world wrought with evil and havoc. Close your eyes, so to speak, to these things and then we will see how our behaviour starts to mirror the true nature of our hearts.
Clean windows bring in light and light leaves no room for darkness. Surely this is a good thing!