As a child I hated travelling because I had an acute case of car sickness. Whenever the car started moving my mind would be loaded with these images of trees, houses people all moving at incredible speeds which would make dizzy and eventually the inevitable would happen; I would throw up. But with time, I learned that if I closed my eyes and focused my mind on other things, I would be alright. Ultimately I trained my eyes to look at the moving objects and know that they were stationary which calmed my mind down. This is what is known as perspective. Your perspective is the way you see something.
Sometimes what we see, experience, and believe is not completely valid or true. Like an optical illusion where what the eye sees isn’t accurate, it can be difficult to gain a correct perspective at times.
The wrong perspective will lead you down the rabbit hole. It will make you see shapes in the shadows. It will make you turn people into who they are not.
In his amazing Ted talk, Psychologist Shawn Achor posits that it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.
90% of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world. And if we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success, what we can do is change the way that we can then affect reality. Only 25% of job successes are predicted by I.Q. 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.
As human beings it is inevitable that at some point in our lives we will experience sadness, hopelessness, loss and even depression. This is when we most need the right perspective. The right perspective enables you to change the meaning of a circumstance and events, which changes the feelings you have in response, which changes what actions you take.
Life is too short to be lived in ignorance. What we choose to do with our time is one of the most paramount and ongoing decisions we face in life. You can choose to live your short life either in fear or in wisdom.
And to echo Paramahansa Yogananda’s words, living in wisdom means giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness.