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We Find What We Look For. Thursday March 26, 2015

Following last week's blog on 'How Do You Receive the World' and the thought that 'we find what we look for', the words of a song resonated with me.

It's Fred Eaglesmith's 'I'm dangerous' where he continually 'sees' someone who has left him in other people and in his mind.

This is the same as we suddenly start to 'see' the new type of car we are thinking about buying everywhere, the day after we decide that is the one!

I'm Dangerous

Thought I saw you at an unmarked crossing,
Picking flowers at the edge of a lane.
There was dust on my windshield,
I was looking in the mirror,
I was almost hit by a train.
Later on at a four-way stop,
I forgot to take my turn,
I was thinking you were right,
And we had nothing left,
Somebody blew their horn.

I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
To myself.

Yesterday I was out on the bluffs,
Over the ocean blue.
There was a girl swimming,
Splashing in the water,
She sure did look like you.
Before I knew it I was over the edge,
Somebody threw me a line,
Pulled me to safety,
Said, "Man are you crazy?"
I said, "No, I've lost my mind".

I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
To myself.

So darling if you're thinking you need a project,
You might want to lend a hand.
I'm living on the corner,
Of Stupidity and Recklessness,
I'm a dangerous man.

I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
I'm dangerous,
To myself.

How do we stay balanced enough to ensure we actually 'see' what is truly there in front of us and not still in the back of our minds?

How do we avoid the danger zones and stay safe and in the moment Maybe 'mindful' and not 'mindless'.

(Have a listen – it's on his 2012 CD '6 Volts'. A wonderful storyteller of pain and loss.)

A Moodscope member.

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Lauren Farrow Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 3:48am

You tend to go in the direction you are looking.

Julia Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 8:50am

What an interesting emotional poem Les. It illustrates so well how we can lose track of reality so easily, how our minds race with thoughts of the past and future and of conversations imaginary or real.

Sarah Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 9:07am

I like guessing if the blog is yours Les. Always interesting and thought provoking thank you and all moodscopers.

Anonymous Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 12:24pm

Hi Les, your blog makes an interesting point. Another angle on 'seeing' comes from research done by the Harvard Medical School (2010): "When someone is depressed, the world may seem flat or monochrome, even tinged with blue and gray. For a long time, researchers assumed this was a purely psychological phenomenon. But a study suggests that changes in visual perception in people who are depressed may have a biological basis..........The study suggests that one reason the world may seem gray when people are depressed is impaired contrast perception." susan

Les Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 6:00pm

Hi Susan

If you are not in coherence i.e. a good heart can and will shut down areas of the brain function.....which may well then affect chemical release......although I am no expert in this chemical field.

Also when depressed - we are looking for things that confirm out dark negative world....and what we look for we find.

I know when I am down....I really do not want to 'see' or feel certain things and thus am ALWAYS tempted to stay in - yet I KNOW if I go out, at some point I will get some release by watching a dog or a young child or hearing a bird sing.......

I do have to push through what my brain is telling me to do - to achieve this......and sometimes I fail.

Everything is connected...........and at times, we need to step into discomfort to 'see' something else.

Anonymous Thu, Mar 26th 2015 @ 8:22pm

Sometimes i deliberately leave an essential errand for another day so i will be forced out of the house to do it. It helps to get out, even for 15 minutes...for the reasons you mention. Many times i've decided that it could be left another day still....but many times 'the plan' works:). s.

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