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It is easy to think that what we think we see happening in our world is what is really going on. It is not so easy to show up and find ourselves facing what is actually happening. Showing up takes courage and skill to sort it out; it takes letting go of a storyline such as an expectation "It should be like this..." or a judgement "I don't like that..."
The first step is setting your intention. Imagine that you know nothing about what you are seeing, that you are seeing it for the very first time (when in fact this is closer to the truth than you may realize). Next commit to keeping this attitude. One way of doing this is in the following example. The Dalai Lama is known to practice saying to himself "I'm wrong, I'm wrong, I'm wrong." when many believe him to be one of the wisest beings on the planet. That simple and humble practice is one way of precisely and concisely letting go of what we bring to our perspective. Can you think of another way?
Letting go opens a door to possibility. Curiosity, one of the Seven Factors of Awakening in the Buddhist tradition, is energizing and is wide open to possibilities. It can help wake us up to what is really going on. Now, once you have set your intent and attitude, plan to ask yourself "What is this?" and do not answer that question. Allow the question to point your attention to what is happening. What do you notice? What is that like?
This practice, like many methods that increase our awareness, increases understanding and confidence in the way things are, just as they are. This understanding can change our relationship to what we see, freeing us from the suffering in clinging to a storyline that keeps us from experiencing the world with an open heart and mind.
Lastly, smile at your efforts to be brave and rejoice in the wonderful effects of showing up.