In life, it can be easy to get caught up in the “noise.” Instead of trying to define the term, here are some recent examples from my own life:
- Going on Facebook and getting emotional over any negative and/or pushy posts. (Or even posting such things myself!)
- Getting overly concerned about the “likes” count on my posts.
- Skipping the latest sensationalist article about the problem du jour only to head straight to the comments section in order to determine how many agree with my take.
- Getting irritated with a customer service person or retail clerk and calling them out on whatever I perceive them to have done wrong, without first taking a step back to get in a better frame of mind. (In my defense, I don’t think I’ve been going into extreme b!tchy mode about this, recently at least. Still much room for improvement for me here.)
- Being judgmental, even if it is nearly all taking place inside my head.
Important distinction: It’s not the thing (post, cashier mistake, etc.), rather how a person engages with it that’s important – perceiving with the ego mind, if you will, and acting out of that place.
In my experience, getting above the “noise” occurs indirectly by 1. setting the stage and 2. allowing it to happen. Some ways I’ve recently found helpful are:
- Taking a long walk
- Going to the grocery store
- Getting on the streets of NYC and immersing myself in the positive (to me at least!) energy. (I used to live there; now I visit sometimes.)
- Listing things in my life that I appreciate, either in my head or on paper.
- Cooking a healthy (or at least healthy-ish) meal when I feel like doing so.
Your list probably won’t be the same; in fact, it could be wildly different. My guess is that there are at least hundreds of things that will work depending on the individual – maybe even thousands or more. They could be activities done out of pure enjoyment or more specifically for thought improvement. The key is to find something that elevates ones mood most of the time – something that you are doing out of pleasure rather than force. (I hesitate here, because I think some people do the discipline thing much better than I. So say, if a person has resistance to going to the gym, goes anyway, and then after a while gets caught up in the enjoyment of it, that’d work, too.)
Suggestion: If and when, you do get to that better feeling space, savor it as much as you can. (This idea came to me via Abraham-Hicks.) This will help turn your perspective around more and more overall.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.”William Blake
Then what happens? I’m personally still in the stage of learning about this. My experience is that every time I get to a better feeling place, I see things in a more positive light, make better decisions, and I’m guessing present a little more happiness to people I interact with. Life feels better.
I want to say that some huge shift will take place and I think it does for some people. For me so far, it’s more been a matter of small moments adding up to more happiness and better decisions. Acting out of intuition and inspired action more often. More time enjoying the journey instead of getting there “in one fell swoop.”
That ended up being much more than I intended to write today! Hope it resonated with some of you. If so, and you’d care to share your “go to” perspective-lifting activities and/or results, I’d love to read about it in the comments.