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How do you change your perception to release yourself from a certain perspective?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 20:07:30    Popularity:     

Tags: perception  change  perspective  release  

For example, lets say one resists Timbuktu but somehow one ends up in Timbuktu. The external world conforms ones inner unhappiness and resistance with being in Timbuktu. Timbuktu is like torture and It just seems to magnify as time goes. One gets sick, tr

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I constantly seek the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

L.A., Chicago, New York or Timbuktu. The game is the same. Focus on the good. Accept what cannot be changed. Simply try to control the one thing that we can control; ourselves.

Remaining grateful for all, any, whatever good there is in our lives and accepting that there is bad in life will carry us far.

I suggest two tools. You can’t un-dentist the dentist so why not try and see the usefulness of being at the dentist.

The other device is shades of gray. Nothing is absolute, no thing is all bad and no good. Try to find the slightest part of Timbuktu that isn’t miserable. Try to see that the worst of Timbuktu is only so bad and not the worst that could happen. If it were that bad you would not be able to talk about it. Find the not bad in the situation and hang on to it.

To paraphrase the philosopher Bertrand Russell, it is not things (people, places, events) that makes us unhappy, it is our opinions about them that make us unhappy. Along the same lines, the Australian Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm said "understand that this world is just the play of the senses. It has nothing to do with you. It’s just people being people, the world being the world.” . The theologian-philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr is commonly quoted as saying "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Otherwise known as the Serenity Prayer.

In other words, only you can change your perspective. Your attitude towards things is entirely in your control so you should accept responsibility for it and take charge of it. It is about being a happy survivor, not allowing yourself to be an unhappy victim. This requires some mental discipline to keep your mind from slipping into victim mode if that's your normal reaction to things that make you unhappy.

The most significant part of any situation is your reaction to it. To use a rowboat as an analogy: you are on the river to "Timbuktu". You can try to paddle to the shore to escape, or if the current is strong look for a motor hidden under the tarp and pray there's gas in it. Failing that, you can either curl up in a ball sucking your thumb, or you can pull out your guitar and sing as you float down the river. The latter is a lot more interesting, don't you think?



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