Lately I’ve been eating the same meal every day: a can of tuna (plain), a full avocado, and a green apple. It could be for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I make it happen once. Sometimes that leads to a salad or an equally healthy meal, other times, I eat a full pizza.
The reason this is important is because the bones for this somewhat haphazard theory come from a guy whose words have had a big impact on me lately. His name is Jacob Liberman and I learned about him through his book, “Take Off Your Glasses And See.”
I’ve had the book for years and seem to always pull it out when I’m in one of life’s low spots (something that IRONMAN off season can do to you). In essence, he is an eye doctor who doesn’t buy into the theory that your eyes are uncorrectable or have to keep getting worse. He is more concerned with how we really “see” and the deeper truths of vision.
He approaches life by trusting that the universe will tell him the right things to do at the right times. Living in the moment.
I’m not finished re-reading the book, but I stumbled onto his Ted Talk, which is below. He has a calm and subtle delivery and I find his approach fascinating. I have typed out some of the highlights below if you want to see where in the hell all of this is coming from before you spend 20 minutes on the video.
Here’s one thing I really liked: – “The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, the world is clear. If you wish to see the truth, hold no opinions for or against anything. To hold what you like against what you dislike is a disease of the mind.”
Jacob Liberman – “Stop Looking, Start Seeing” Ted Talk Notes
– When he was a kid, he was in a convenience store and decided to steal a candy bar. As he slipped it into his pocket he heard a voice that said, “Nobody saw you.” And that’s when he realized someone was watching.
– Every cell has a job. Every tree, animal, and universe has a job. The tree never has to think about its job. It’s continually guided and placed precisely in the environment it needs to nourish it. The same is true for all species.
– There is an animating force in the universe. Something is moving everything.
– At certain points of our lives we realize we understand absolutely nothing.
– Consider the possibility that the eye looks for nothing and that life is looking for us.
– Consider the possibility that the eye never moves or initiates anything … it moves when light finds it… it’s a reflex.
– Every cell has a job. Taking us precisely where we need to be in perfect time. It’s also rising and setting the sun . . . rolling in the tides . . . the exact same force.
– The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent, the world is clear. If you wish to see the truth, hold no opinions for or against anything. To hold what you like against what you dislike is a disease of the mind.
– When light interacts with the eye, most goes through the eye to the hypothalamus… that part of the brain that controls everything. Where emotions collect and connect. It continually syncs itself with Mother Nature.
– When you say “You think it’s going to rain,” what you really say is, “I don’t know.” So thinking means, “I don’t know.” Consider the possibility that what we call worrying, is thinking.
– When something enters your awareness, it’s looking for you . . . bills, emails, laundry. Don’t prioritize it, the universe has already done so.
– It takes work to choose, consider being choice-less.