Have you ever had times where something keeps showing up over and over again? Wait, let me give you an example: Lately I've been running into phrases/words/quotes that have to do with mindfulness. Here's a quote from Julia Cameron that just showed up in an email today: "The act of paying attention is what brings us peace." (How true is THAT??) Anyway, I can't tell you how often over the last couple of weeks I've been hit with little reminders of being mindful. Now, I prefer to think of it as my angels at work. But then, I believe in angels.
My son, who is a more "logical" thinker (think Mr. Spock), would prefer to call this confirmation bias. So I looked it up in Wikipedia. It basically says you selectively collect new evidence to confirm your preconception, rejecting evidence that doesn't "fit". Sure seems too scientific for us humans, doesn't it?
I read a story a while back (I wish I could remember where because I'd certainly give credit here) about a woman who was told to look for butterflies during the week. It was the middle of winter, there was a foot of snow on the ground and she was told to look for butterflies. How insane, she thought. Yet, she noticed butterflies everywhere. A bumper sticker on a car, on stationery, on a card she'd received. Butterflies were all over the place. How was it possible?? Because she opened her eyes. She was mindful of watching for them.
Test it out for yourself. Try this...since green (the color, people) cars aren't one of the most common, see how many green-colored vehicles you see today. Let me know what you notice.
In the meantime, I will listen to my angels. They are reminding me that I really need to be more mindful in everything I do. I know this. It's not a new idea, it's just a reminder. Thank you, dear angels. Thanks for hitting me over the head, ever so gently.