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The Perspective Shift That Changes Everything

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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The Perspective Shift That Changes Everything

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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about a perspective shift that can change

a lot of the ways you live your life.

So do you ever find yourself caught in the

mindset of why is this happening to me?

If so.

You're not alone.

I think most of us can slip into

this way of thinking, especially

when difficult events compound and it

feels like the world is out to get us.

But when we go through life with the

perspective that things are happening to

us, it can keep us bound to a victim-like

mentality, presupposing that we're

helpless to the experiences of life.

There's a different

perspective we can take though.

One that I find much more empowering.

This is when we shift the perspective

from life is happening to us,

to life is happening for us.

Because think about it, if something

is happening for you, well, that

means there's a lesson to be learned,

an opportunity to be discovered,

a challenge to be accepted.

And that as a perspective, presupposes

that we're capable of meeting

the moment and poten, potentially

becoming stronger on the other side.

Do you feel how this is very

different from feeling like

life is happening to you?

And we just have to take it

hit after hit, after hit.

What if life is happening for us?

And every hit was actually an

opportunity to rise up, to learn about

ourselves, to speak up and to grow

- mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

I don't know about you, but that

immediately feels empowering to me.

And in a weird way, almost

makes me excited about some

of the challenges in my life.

I start to see them as experiences

that can transform me, tenderize

me, stretch me and even open me.

And listen, this is not to trivialize

intense experiences and suggest

that you should be excited about the

grief you're going through or the job

loss or the societal injustice and

oppression you may be experiencing.

There are many things that are

inherently painful and it's important

we have the chance to feel the

sadness, the anger, and the confusion.

And at the same time, we may also be

able to hold this perspective that

there's something bigger to experience

here, an opportunity to find meaning

in suffering and an opportunity to

experience more parts of ourselves

that we've been disconnected from.

The people I know who often experienced

the most joy are the ones who have

been through the most hardship

because they know the contrast.

The people who experience and embody

love the most are the ones who have

endured painful separations and loss.

And the experience that we most

resist in the moment often helps

craf, craft the multi-dimensional

being that we're growing into.

One that knows joy and sadness, pleasure

and pain, resentment, and forgiveness.

And in the context of living a

whole full embodied and present

life, these are the many dimensions

that come with being human.

So as you navigate your day and beyond,

see what it might be like to take

the perspective that instead of life

happening to you, it's happening for you.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you soon and take care.

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