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That I can change my mindset to live a more positive and fulfilling life.
The perspective from Presence. As Mike says it’s not new, but I am becoming aware of it. It came as a sudden idea when I was at the park a few days ago, to perceive all I was seeing, as if with my whole body, like a child, with no thoughts. I bird with an orange curved beak was removing bark from a tree as if it wasn’t noticing me, I was standing so close. I started sleeping better and noticing more details, like the ceilings at the shopping centre and textures of surfaces. Then I came across a 7 day practice by Eckart Tolle and I learned to call it Presence. There are still challenges but I am grateful for this new perspective.
To feel being part of a community and of humanity itself instead of just knowing it slowly appears as a new perspective. To see and feel it, alongside with trust and faith coming back. It almost is a change of paradigm inside, and might be the reason for only slowly adapting to it, for which I apologize. Thank you dearly for this question.
The idea that fasting can save your life. I am grateful for this as I look forward to improving my health through this new perspective of how the body works.
I can be a thermostat, not a barometer.
When I peeled away all the layers on an onion, I was left with nothing. It got me wondering if I would be the same. A delightful pool of nothingness, bubbling with infinite possibilities. What a delicious thought…
Going to be mundane here: During the pandemic I realized it was kind of fun having the “new perspective” of a little ponytail instead of a short haircut every few months.
Learning to see relaxing as an essential part of living, rather than a sign of laziness.
The idea of letting go. The focus on living in harmony with another human being. Learning to relax.
This question made me think of a quote from Pema Chodron: “Whatever moves us beyond self-centeredness sows positive seeds in our mind-stream. With the right causes and conditions, these seeds will blossom into fortunate circumstances. This good fortune is called “merit” and manifests as supportive outer conditions and mental states.” Personally my perspectives lately have not been sowing the best of seeds. Thankfully, I’m aware of that fact and as my 12 step sponsor used to say, “When you know better, you do better!” Wish me luck.
Good luck, dear Carol.
Trying to see things from the perspective of my almost-seven-year-old. I have a (bad) habit of viewing and speaking (and expectations) to/of her like a mini-adult. She’s intelligent and precocious but a young child nonetheless. So, I’m trying to see things from her perspective so that I better understand and get less frustrated and can correct my expectations.
Not really new, but a further affirmation of how, in the process of simply observing mental contents, the mind begins to empty out. Then whatever unwanted feelings or thoughts were present fadeaway and peace returns.
It opened up to me very recently after needing to euthanize my precious kitty cat on Monday. That despite what could feel like a dark period, she was a gift of joy to me. My perspective is that new beginnings are opening for me —- new opportunities to love again.
Happy for your perspective and the joy, dear Debra. Your kitty cat will stay with you in your heart, and whenever you turn to her memory, the joy and love she brought will be present. Blessings to your beloved animal and to you, dear friend.
Well said, Debra.
And I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m sure you were a gift in her life, also.
When I am facing crisis and struggling to get out of it, I cry and get angry on God for putting me in that circumstances. However, at the end I want God to just stay with me so that I can endure it.
I hear you. That reflection speaks for me as well.
I am reaching for new perspectives. It feels like trying to catch dandelion fluff on the wind.
The first is the value of my own health, to give nurturing my health and fitness higher priority.
The second is staying true to the causes and the work, even on days when I feel discouraged. It is me trying to figure out how not to feel discouraged about the climate crises coming, and not to feel discouraged by the indifference of so many people towards climate change, and their lack of compassion for people who are not like them.
So I’m reaching for those wisps of hope, the wisps of seeds like the dandelion fluff, of promise, of hope.
For me, today’s quote was PERFECT.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
Holly, thanks for bringing up climate change. I too do not feel optimistic and am discouraged by c,I ate denial and apathy. My only point of hope is that there is a larger wisdom at work. If humanity reduces its numbers through the climate crisis, nature may rebound.
Nature does correct over-populations, as a safety measure – though that thought is kind of grim in the midst of the current pandemic. You are right that nature rebounds, in fact I would go so far as to say nature ALWAYS rebounds. It just doesn’t always rebound in the same way (think poor dinosaurs). But you reminded me of extremophiles and other odd life on our planet that pretty much ensure that no matter what happens, some things will survive and thrive… things such as ecosystems at deep sea volcanic vents independent of photosynthesis, bacteria that eats radioactivity, microbes that live on ice comets (debated, but starting to gain credibility), archaeans that live in extreme acidity, alkalinity, heat, cold, or chemical concentrations, frogs and fish that dehydrate and reconstitute back into life, nature is truly miraculous! I do feel confident we cannot destroy all life and it gives me hope that nature has more wisdom in diversity and symbiotic relationships than humans have about our consequences. But we humans still need to get up to speed, and keep trying!!!! It is not too late if we all do what we can. We have to believe that.
Mike, thank you so much for responding. It meant a lot to me today. I ALMOST didn’t go to the farm, but I did, and planted carrots. P.S. I think mosquitoes will survive the zombie apocalypse, lol.
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