What makes one mind different from another?
This question is, I think, fundamental to what makes meditation possible for us. I would like to figure out how to use meditation more effectively in my yoga classes.
I know that I find it easier to communicate with certain people. I can trust that the words I say will be heard by them in the way I intended. I just feel that the way their minds work harmonizes with mine.
Other people? Sometimes it is much harder — even much, much harder.
Some people are so literal-minded that I almost can’t find words to communicate with them. It’s taken me a long time to understand that there is value in their practical approach. But I have to admit I can feel tired after a conversation with them.
Sometimes the much harder comes from my not being able to make sense of what the other people are saying. They are using English, but I’m unable to see how the words string together to tell me something I can use.
In addition, some people lie recreationally. Sigh …
If I go to a doctor and try to explain something, she can completely misinterpret what I said. It’s as though we’re speaking different languages and I have to translate both ways.
What makes our minds (and consequently our communication) different? I used to think that other people were stupid, or that I was. I’ve come to realize that these other modes of thinking have saved my ass upon occasion and that I’ve helped others see a different perspective.
What do you think makes your mind unique? What problems has it caused you in getting along in the world?