Zooming In, Zooming Out
As we ascend the spiral staircase of our lives, our challenges are familiar, but because we change and see things differently with time and experience, our lessons take on new, and at times, deeper and more expansive forms. These challenges have provided some interesting opportunities to remember and fully utilize the power of zooming – zooming out and zooming in.
As we ascend the spiral staircase of our lives, our challenges are familiar, but because we change and see things differently with time and experience, our lessons take on new, and at times, deeper and more expansive forms.
I love when life is flowing, it’s my daily intention, but when things get wobbly, I know it’s simply another side of my life experience. I’m able to embrace these wobbly times in a different way than in times past because I’ve reached a higher level of self-awareness and understanding. I now know that it’s about how quickly I recover. There’s really no need to bemoan a situation that doesn’t feel good; this is where acceptance, responsibility, accountability and quick recovery play strong roles.
These challenges have provided some interesting opportunities to remember and fully utilize the power of zooming – zooming out and zooming in.
Practically, we use the zooming function on computers to examine maps, and to increase or decrease the size of pages and fonts. Manually, we may go the old fashioned route and use a magnifying glass to increase the font while reading or scrutinizing a contract.
This technique also works as a beautiful life navigation tool.
Whenever you’re aware that you’re not feeling present, love, joyful, positive or in the flow, simply stop and challenge yourself to zoom out. It’s not always easy, but it’s always amazing how quickly you can shift your perspective and in most cases, your flow is restored. When it isn’t, simply challenge yourself to try again, but with a more intense surge of mindfulness. When you’re feeling bad, stop and just notice. Often, you’ll find that you’re zooming in on a problem or challenge with such intensity that everything else seems to fade away and you get stuck mulling over some situation, losing sight of the big picture. It just takes some focused, conscious zooming out to realize that your intense worry, fear or doubt about the given situation is pulling you out of your flow, pulling you away from love.
Zoom out by taking a walk, spend some time with a child, play with a pet, engage in some activity where you get to freely express yourself – dancing, painting, drawing, coloring, etc., take a nap, whatever the activity, do something to force yourself to break the intensity of your focus on the TREES so you can get a broader look at the FOREST.
"Pale Blue Dot" photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on July 6, 1990.
Nothing helps me shift my perspective faster than the visualization exercise of closing my eyes and imagining a bubble around me, then I imagine extending the outside of that bubble to the street, then the city, then the state, then the country, then the earth, then the universe. And in all of that expanding, I inevitably remember the pale blue dot.