Seeing the Forest for the Trees

by Scott Noelle

If we define “Well-Being” as the free flow of Life Energy, there is ample evidence that our world is a place of breathtakingly abundant Well-Being!

But we perceive a lack of Well-Being when we focus narrowly on situations in which that Flow is temporarily blocked — when we focus on “what’s wrong.” It’s like looking at a single diseased tree and forgetting that the forest is alive and well.

When a child cries or indicates distress, most parents automatically ask, “What’s wrong?!” The more intensely we ask, the more we lose touch with the abundance of Well-Being in and around us.

Improve Your Groove

Today, if your child is distressed, try letting go of needing to know what’s wrong. Remember that simple Presence is the cure-all for most distresses, and connecting with Well-Being makes you positively, powerfully present.

Relax your focus and “zoom out” until the problem looks tiny and Well-Being looks huge. Let yourself see the “problem” as an integral part of the big picture of Well-Being.

Originally published on 2006-11-14
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