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Creating perspective shifts

“Change your perspective… and everything changes.”

We talk a lot about self-reflection, which is beneficial for our mental health. An inward perspective allows us to discover our needs, wants and desires. We know it’s important to do this regularly – check in with yourself.

Sometimes it’s best to change your perspective from inward to outward. This stabilizes our emotions and gives us insight to how others are viewing the world – we begin to see what others are going through. Empathy and understanding help us create connected-ness.  

Your positive gear

Here’s an example. I try to shift my perspective when I’m driving in heavy traffic. The stress gets to me and I usually get upset. I lose my patience. Shifting my perspective in that situation means thinking about what it’s like to be the other drivers. Maybe they had a long, tiring day. If someone ahead of me or behind me seems angry, impatient and cuts me off, I try to send them good energy. I sincerely want their day to get better. How could I not? Taking a moment to think about it makes a difference. This helps me relax and become more patient – I just have to be mindful of making that perspective shift.

I invite you to try it the next time you’re sitting in rush hour traffic. Send a little light and good energy to the drivers around you. Notice what happens.

How else can you create perspective shifts in your life?

Elena M.
Contributor & Founding Member

I’m Elena and I'm passionate about living a natural, healthy lifestyle and I want to help others be inspired to do the same. I’m an aromatherapy educator for Aura Cacia and I’m currently studying aromatherapy at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I value sustainability and enjoy making DIY products and finding ways to help reduce waste.

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5 Comments

Freddie H

August 14, 2018 - 12:23pm

I see frustrated people constantly at traffic lights.  They are always trying to look around the cars to see what is holding up traffic or they are waving their arms, shoulders going up and down - it’s pretty obvious we all have a red light and can’t move.  Very stressful for impatient people (if I’m in a rush, I can be right in there with them).  Will give this idea a try this evening on my way home.  Let’s just hope they are open to receiving the energy.

J W

July 25, 2018 - 1:01pm

I think about this when my negative self talk can bring me down. Whoa, I don’t need to think like this - deep breath and claim the truth

Faye D

July 10, 2018 - 8:05am

Good to be reminded early this morning.

Vanessa G 466529864

July 10, 2018 - 7:13am

Sometimes changing gears is all we need to do so see things differently, and eventually in a more positive way.  Thank you!

Katie E

July 10, 2018 - 5:42am

Great perspective on this trigger point in life we all experience. I will try harder in my days ahead to do this. 
Thank you

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