Not only do metaphors help in grasping new or complex concepts, but I think they reveal a lot about ones knowledge of themselves and the universe.
To make a metaphoric connection requires a deep understanding of the concept you are trying to explain. Read my article on connecting the Glycemic Index used for food digestion, with physical activities and their effect on your happiness.
As my knowledge of life increases and I become increasingly aware of my surroundings, I am beginning to find metaphors everywhere in normal life. When I see a flower bloom, or the seasons change, or my dogs play, or the rain falling and dispersing accross my windscreen.
All of these things alert little life metaphors that give me the chance to understand life more fully. I am able to deepen my connection to my surroundings and I feel as though nature is teaching me every day. This is an amazing feeling, as I am coached through life by my surroundings.
Tree’s for example, demonstrate how patience is integral when seeking growth, whether that is physical or spiritual. The sheer time it takes for a tree to grow from seedling to adult size is a great reminder of our own growth. Nothing happens over night. And not only does it take time, as a tree grows it becomes thicker and stronger. Much like self-actualisers. Sure our bodies may slowly deteriorate, but our spiritual strength and wisdom becomes greater with age. The trunk or base reveals the foundational level that we must achieve before we can flourish with branches upon branches of fruitful experience. This foundation is mandatory before we can fully express our human potential. Years spent analysing our own nature and our place in this world will eventually create the platform for great achievement and authentic action.
Once this foundation is created, metaphors of life appear more frequently as your self-knowledge increases.
How have you been taught by your surroundings? Have you ever seen little life metaphors in everyday experience? Have you used metaphors to explain concepts to those around you?
I would love to hear about it 🙂