Shift Your Vision: Change the Way You Look At Things

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Shift Your Vision. Such a simple statement. Easy to do, right?

Yeah, not so much. Shifting your vision, changing the way you perceive ideas, people, and situations, is a whole lot of work. But the work is essential to our mental health and well being. We have the ability to create more happiness and peace by looking at things in a more positive manner. And don’t we all strive for more ease in our own minds? Yet don’t we all feel like we are at times our own worst enemy standing in our own way?

For many years, I found pride in considering myself a realist. I thought I was smart by not being naive with the world and the people and situations around me. And I am beginning to wonder if that was just a mask to pessimism.  So how do we go about seeing the glass as half full?

Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer

I think a great place to start is obtaining a better understanding of where our thought patterns and perceptions come from. The way we view the world is often shaped by our past experiences and the different life encounters we’ve had, our samskaras. Anything from our race, gender, socioeconomic status, the region in where we grew up, how we were raised as children, can all have a vast impact on our views and perceptions.

As someone who has experienced heavy childhood trauma, my habitual thought pattern defaults to lack of deservance, insecurities, and over sensitivities. My mind has been working this way for the better part of 30 years. So changing that is going to be a process that will require dedication time and time again. You are not alone if you find it difficult to take back control of your own mind. 

I am currently in the middle of a big transition in life, a change that is not easy to go through. A part of me wants to wallow in a puddle of my own self pity. A big portion of me is living in the past, in the should have, could have, and the what ifs. And another part of me is projecting to the future, questioning how I am going to be able to handle it all, what my next step will be. I am anywhere but the present and these thoughts are stealing me of sleep. The truth is that I cannot change the past, nor can I control the future. So why bother dwelling on these things?

As humans, we often wonder how or why others choose to live in despair, pain, and misery. But what some don’t realize is that often times pain can be comforting to us because we know pain, we’ve been here before, and it’s the easier path to stay on. Change is difficult and even more so is adapting to that change. I have noticed the recent subtleties of my mind and I am trying not to revert back to my default behaviors and thought patterns. Time to put in the work my friends. 

So what does that work look like? The answer isn’t simple. There are many facets to consider and it will vary from person to person. For me it means coming back to a more consistent, daily meditation practice, which I would recommend for everyone. I have already noticed more lightness and softness that comes with a dedicated meditation practice. It also means being social as opposed to isolating myself as I have a tendency to become a recluse. Another aspect involves focusing on the things that I am excited for and showing gratitude for the things I have, as opposed to dwelling on the lacks. Moving my body through yoga or other forms of exercise also helps me clear my mind and gives me confidence in the strength I garner.  

This is a practice that will take effort and dedication. But I hold hope in the knowledge that I am worth the work. I know that I am ready for more mental freedom. My bad habits and negative thoughts are becoming exhausting and I don’t want to live there anymore. It’s time to replace the ‘I have to’ with the ‘I get to’. It is time to evolve. It’s time to shift my vision. 

Christine Graeber | DDY Savannah

Shelley Lowther