We live by many metaphors and habits of language, many of them transparent to our conscious mind. Some are adaptive by helping us communicate, expand our ability to empathize with others, make sense of our lives, etc… But others wreak havoc, throttle our critical thinking, shut us off from others, or imprison us within ourselves—and continue to do so until we become aware of them and reframe our thinking in a way that they suddenly disappear, often in turn replaced by an adaptive frame of mind.
Share your breakthrough reframings of mind here, to the extent they can be verbally or visually expressed. Again, these are not sayings that you intellectually understand and ponder like aphorisms but habits of language or perception that imbue your daily life for the better and 99.9% of the time without any conscious effort or even any awareness that you’re even using them.
A very simple example: Saying ‘I feel [X]’ instead of ‘I am [X]’ as a way of both de-internalizing emotional states and accepting them as they occur.
A disclaimer: it’s easy to mistake statements like the one above as advice or digestible enlightenment. They’re not. They’re relics, guideposts, scrawls on a boulder resting at a crossroads—any or all of these things. They are not the means of getting to a fixed destination but rather hints on how to walk without stumbling, stay aware of one’s surroundings—all that ‘life is a journey’ crap.