Finding Focus and Shifting Perspective
Letting go of our old life scripts, bad habits, misassumptions and negative assumptions doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes lots of repetition. But nature abhors a vacuum, and so does our brain. It wants to make itself useful by thinking, and it takes the path of least resistance, so it tends to go back to those same old thoughts. That’s why it’s necessary to intervene on your own behalf. You need to train your brain. Yes, train your brain to go down a different track instead of staying on its one-track mind.
So along with letting go, it’s important to put something in place of that old life script. But what? And how do you find it? The answer actually lies in waking up your brain. It has to start looking around at new possibilities, seeing new opportunities, trying new options. And I have begun experimenting with retraining my brain through photography.
With the advent of smart phones, we are all “photographers” of some sort. Who doesn’t take a photo nowadays??? But I’m not just talking about documenting your life. I’m talking about recreating your life. For me, this means using the camera as a therapeutic tool. I’m working on using my camera to learn and practice how to:
- Choose my focus. What am I going to put my attention on at this moment in my life is the same issue as what am I going to focus the camera on. The decision is all mine to make.
- Shift my perspective. If I take a photo from different distances, different heights, different angles, the photo is totally different. The same is true in life. When I shift my perspective, even though nothing in the situation changes, everything is different. Again, I am in charge of my perspective whether through the camera lens or in life.
Here’s a series of photos that I took to look at perspective. As I enjoy taking photos and thinking about perspective, my brain is getting the idea that I am in charge of what it thinks, that I choose its path, and that we are a team, with me being the boss.
Is there a photo you like better? Maybe you don’t like any of them. And that’s OK. You make that decision about a photo. Why not make that decision about your life scripts!