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"Reframing" A True Superpower
The concept of Reframing can be defined like this: It refers to the meaning given to any given situation. It is particularly important to remark that the situation itself isn't as relevant as the way we interpret it. That is the meaning that we confer to anything and everything that happens in life.
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A simple example:
Event: Traffic Jam on your way to work.
Meaning 1: "This is bullshit, I'm going to be late for (whatever), and continue to rant about it for as long as it takes you to get to wherever you're going"
Meaning 2: "Oh well, there's nothing I can do about it so... Let's make the best out of the situation (Starts a Podcast, breathing exercise, nice music etc...)
This is a very simplistic view of the scenarios that we encounter on a daily bases, nonetheless it highlights the obvious. The situation itself didn't change, our perception and meaning of it did. The best part of this is that we have full control of the meaning we give to EVERYTHING and therefore how we respond to it. Contrary to the view of trying to control what cannot be controlled (and stressing over it).
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The difficulty with Reframing is that it requires constant awareness and alertness on our behalf to respond as oppose to react to the situation at hand. This means observing patterns of thought and behavior to keep watch of our predisposed reactions. Once noticed though, there's a great opportunity to change those patterns hence thinking and acting differently. The benefits will be tangible in pretty much all areas of our lives, because by responding differently and according to the moments need we dispose of our greater capabilities and make better use of them.
It is also shown to increase our perception of overall wellbeing, sympathy, compassion and connection. I have made my own experience and therefore write this with confidence. We can all benefit from these traits.
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There's plenty of information and scientific research about this and I encourage you to check some of this out.
As the Buddha said "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. What we think we become."
Translation: Change your Mind, Change your Life.
Love, Milan P.