We all have impairments, limitations, and restrictions. However, choosing to live a full life despite our so-called deficits is critical to feeling happy, fulfilled, and complete. The task ahead then for most of us is how to think outside of our flaws and experience the world fully alive. There are several ways of going about envisioning our world in more colorful terms, and paint our universe in broader, more vibrant vistas. The first method is simply thinking more positively. Indeed, living fully alive starts off with eliminating negative thinking, and framing the world in a narrative that captures a more positive daily experience. From more positive thinking, a long catalog of techniques are available to live a more full existence.
Fully alive means more than just framing the world in more positive terms. It means broadening our daily experiences. This means challenging the our daily norms, our routines, our day-to-day habits, and integrating new content and perspective into the way we think about our life. I am suggesting turning the usual day on its head and embracing the unknown. When we spend our days in a routine, engage in the same habits, and generally, focus on the same social news feed we are deferring new experiences, and more importantly, new ways of understanding and living in the world around us.
One practical ways of challenging our daily norms is asking more questions when presented with similar or the usual content of the day. Instead of taking information you get or come across for granted, think more critically about the news and data you collect daily. Begin to challenge assumptions in your life, and consider alternate possibilities that you might have dismissed in the past. All of this means re-patterning the manner in which you collect data.
There is data everywhere. Data is the information our brain processes. Our brain is constantly processing information that we come across. These are things we touch, we smell, we breathe-in, we look at. Our brains then pattern and process the information for interpretation and experience. How we choose to interpret the data depends on how we approach the collection of the data. So, instead of reading a book. Be sure to read the book jacket and about the author too, to get an even deeper more complex understanding of the data in the books pages.
Many of us get stuck in holding patterns. As one therapist I knew put it: “you’re in a holding pattern”. This means the person is doing things, but not making much progress, or in clinical terms, progress is on hold. This happens to people so quickly when the goal isn’t clear or the path to get there is opaque. So, be more vigilant about living, and how you are living. Choose to experience every moment in a manner that is both calculated, and spontaneously wild at times. Be balanced in your daily endeavors and never forget that life is how you choose to experience it.