So much attention
is placed these days on how we look. So many magazines have these
images of glamorous women, buffed bods and chiseled-faced men. Splashed
on movie screens and television shows are even more of these images, every
hair perfectly in place, every muscle worked out to perfection. After
years and years of thousands of these images flooding our minds, it leaves
us with the idea that those images are a model for us, what we should
strive to be. Because if we look like that, we'll be
loved, we'll be happier, healthier and wealthier. So we
buy clothes that make us look like that, we try to workout to look
like that, we buy "health" products to look like that, we diet
to look like that, we buy "beauty" products to look like that, we
get nosejobs to look like that, we use cellulite products to look like that,
we get face lifts to look like that, we get fat suctioned out of us to look
like that, we do almost anything we can to look like "that".
After all that time of trying to look like "that", we start to feel
like we're not good enough, we're not beautiful
enough, we're not thin enough, we're not muscular
enough, we're not young enough, we're not enough.
We spend so much time trying to look like "that" and all the time,
we're still ourselves, we're still the same,
the same soul we always were. That's enough.
With all the "programming" of these images throughout our lives, it makes us see the world the same way.
When we look at someone, what do we really see?
Do we see a person's soul?
Or do we see something else?
Do we see someone that's thin, fat, old, beautiful, white, black, chinese, japanese, latino, latina, short, tall, ugly, wrinkled, disabled, bald, hairy, small-breasted, big-breasted, blonde, brunette, redhead, grey-haired, etc., etc., etc.?
When we think of someone we've just met, do we categorize them in our mind, do we label them, do we think of them as rich, poor, right-wing, liberal, gay, straight, married, single, jewish, christian, catholic, hispanic, african-american, caucasian, American, European, etc., etc., etc.?
WHAT DO WE REALLY SEE?
Do we see an image in our mind, and do we label that image?
If that image is "different" from who we are, do we think "differently" of that person?
IF WE DO LABEL THAT PERSON,
IF WE DO THINK THAT PERSON IS DIFFERENT,
IF WE AREN'T HAPPY WITH OUR IMAGE COMPARED TO THE OTHER IMAGES,
maybe it's time to think of another image
maybe it's time to think of ourselves another way
maybe it's time to see something else
maybe it's time to see past the image
maybe it's time to look deeper
maybe it's time to see the soul in ourselves
maybe it's time to see the souls of others
maybe it's time to understand that each soul is made of the same energy
maybe it's time to feel the connection between each of our souls
maybe it's time to realize that
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