My monkey mind postings relate to Buddha’s description of the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, and carrying on endlessly. These postings come from my monkey mind.
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A Culture of Threes
These Monkey Mind posts are just fun. They allow me to step back, process thoughts, ideas, and other information which come my way, and then look for connections. Connecting the dots is apparently a creative process.
Since our world is super-charged with information, it is impossible to react to everything which interests me. So, I have used our culture of threes as a filter to lead me to those things which are worth pursuing further.
Our culture of threes was introduced to me by a trainer whose heritage was American Indian. Her perspective was different from those of us in the audience. She was attempting to teach change management and elevate the level of understanding about diversity in the workplace to a group of accounting oriented employees. Her approach began with talking about how most of us (in the Western world), live in a culture where we refer to things in threes. I had never thought about it, but she went on to list a few common terms and descriptions such as:
Three blind mice
The three musketeers
Three strikes and you’re out
Then I began thinking of others like
Three Dog Night (a band)
Once, twice, three times a lady (from a song)
Three wise men
A triple threat
and of course the familiar , I’m counting to three and you better….
You can probably think of many more. When I googled the subject I found some expanded writing which you can read by clicking here.
That day the instructor was trying to make a point about how just because we are comfortable with a culture of threes, it doesn’t mean that everyone in the world sees things this way. Unfortunately the subtlety of her message was not getting through to most. One attendee stood up and informed the group that he had a lot of work to do at his desk and just wanted to know what not to say and do when it came to dealing with women. He pretty much let us all know that this was a waste of time to him. The instructor looked shocked, and I was so grateful that I wasn’t the speaker that day.
The culture of threes and the reaction of the man in the audience who was so resistant to change have stayed with me over the years. As with most of us, when I hear something new, or someone wants me to pursue a certain activity, join a group, or spend my energy in a certain way, I often resist and shut off the message. So I adopted a personal rule that when something came into my consciousness the first time I would just make a mental note and move on. Then, when it comes again from a totally different source, I start paying attention. When it arrives again for the third time from yet another source, I invest some time and energy is seeing what I am supposed to do with all these triggers of information. I sense there is a message reminding me to open my heart and mind and see where things go from there.
In the last few weeks I had one of those culture of threes experiences. These are just little things which don’t mean much to anyone else but me. Put together, they have made me smile, encouraged me in my work with the Financial Freedom Party for Women, and connected some dots in a manner I didn’t expect. I will be posting about them in future postings.
Until next time.