I find that the best and quickest way to get me out of stressful or a gloomy mood is to put my situation in perspective. A wider and soothing perspective is for me easily accessible by simply going outside, talking to another fellow human being, or perhaps see (or listen to) the sea. It can be achieved by a book, a film, a painting, or even listening to the news on the radio whilst cooking. What are other people dealing with in the world, and where am I? I see myself from outside, from the perspective of the whole planet, from the perspective of other people, from the perspective of the fact that I am alive right now, and that there have been millions of years of existence before me as well as the fact that millions of years and new people with their own perspectives will come after me.
Perspective is my daily meditation tool, it is there when I need it, like a camera with an elastic band that stretches my sight inwards or outwards to soothe and calm when needed. It can be looking closely on some writing Ive done in my notebook, noticing how the ink hits the page, focusing on my breath, or seeing the way the sun hits the floor in the room where I am working, or the rain on the window (on a rainy Bergen day).
Curiosity and moving outside one's own mind and situation is important for me, creatively as well as in my daily life. It helps me trying to be more kind, more tolerant and showing more understanding, as well as giving me the chance to breathe and be less hard on myself.
The magazine theme this month is, as you have rightly guessed; Perspective. In Changing the Menu we're passionate about finding voices that seldom are heard and that can give us new ways of seeing the world through art, wellbeing, music and life. We appreciate your input and unique take on the world, and love to hear it.
Looking forward to getting you perspective this month as well as sharing ours with you. x x