I enjoy exploring the apparently little things. It may be a minor annoyance, a small physical pain, slight tiredness, or a quietly nagging sense of discomfort.
What are some of the benefits of exploring the little things?
When I explore an apparently small thing, I get to….
Explore the label minor and major. Is it true it’s minor? Is it true this other situation is major?
Explore it in relative peace, free from the drama and turmoil that’s sometimes here around situations I see as major.
Identify and investigate thoughts I put on this minor situation, and see that I may put the same thoughts on other situations as well, including the ones I see as major. When I take a thought as true, I put it on any situation, whether thoughts label it minor or major, and the dynamics are similar or the same.
Invite in a shift in how I relate to it, which may shift how I relate to other people, states or situations in my life.
Become more familiar with the process, deepen the groove of relating to it in a different way. This may make it easier when minor and major things come up in the future.
Explore what’s here now, no matter what it is, free from thinking I need to wait for something major to appear.
And what are some of the ways I can explore these little things?
Inquire into my stressful thoughts about it, and find what’s more true for me than the initial thought.
Explore it through the sense fields. What’s there in sensation, in sight, in taste, in smell, in sound? What’s there in the mental field, in the form of images, thoughts? How is it when these images and thoughts are taken as “real” and solid, representing reality? How is it to differentiate the mental sense field from the others, and see images and thoughts as mental field activities?
Pray for my “enemies” – whether it’s a person, a state or a situation, which includes shifting into well wishing for it, as it is, and recognizing it as already God, Spirit, awareness, love.
Do tonglen or ho’o on the person, state or situation, including myself.
Confess to myself, and perhaps another, about what’s happening for me around this.
Shake (neurogenic tremors, TRE) with the situation in mind.
And in each of these cases, I can be open to whatever images or memories come up. For instance, what are some of the early situations where I remember having the same stressful thought?