During one of my hospitalizations I was first introduced to the term "livining outside the box.". This week I have been trying really hard to practice many of the principles I have learned in the last 8 years of my struggle with depression. I know that when I apply these principles my depression is greatly aleveated.Recalling th e"living outside the box" principle reminded me that that is exactly what I need to be doing. I also need to begin once again to think "mind over matter."
I wanted to share with you all here about the principle of "living outside the box." For those of you who already understand and apply the concept please excuse me for being redundant. For those of you who have no idea what it means, or have never practiced the concept I PROMISE it will open up a whole new world for you.
I thought and thought of how to explain it but I am physically exhausted right now and the words just wouldn't come. So I found a few quotes that explain it better than I. Credit is given for each quote.
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Living Outside the Boxby Takara
Living outside the box is a very revolutionary idea and not an easy one to accomplish. Its something I've found myself working on a lot lately.
What do I mean when I say living outside the box?
I mean looking at what I perceive as my reality and taking off the box that I've placed around it so that it can be in its truth, not my perception of what truth is. Or it can transform into the reality I want to have versus the reality I currently perceive and perhaps don't necessarily like all parts of. Wow, sounds a little out there.
We live in a box. It's a box that we made up. We've been designing and reinforcing our box since the moment we got here - well maybe since before we got here. The box is made up of those things I talk about all the time that we must transform - fears, limiting beliefs, and judgments. All of which are false you know.
Your entire life is based on your beliefs. You create your world every moment of every day. And there are NO exceptions to that. Your life is the result of your thoughts, words, and actions. Whatever you focus on, you create - end of story. No exceptions. And, whatever you focus on with strong emotion - either positive or negative - you experience faster.
Everyone has the free will to choose the world they want to live in. You don't have the right to change it for someone else. The only world you need to change is your own. So, let's get back to the box.
Everyone's box looks different. We all look at television and see the state of the world and we think that we all live in the same world. But that is also false. Your world looks very different than my world. The people in your world act exactly as you believe they do. YOU NEED TO REALLY GET THAT. It is one of the most important things you will ever come to understand.
People act differently around you than they act around me. People are pliable. Sure they all have natural tendencies, but watch them. The same person will be very animated and fun around one person. And that same person will be quiet and reserved around another. Why? Because every person has beliefs, fears, and judgments that cause others to act a certain way around them. And whatever you believe, you will find ample evidence to support your belief. That's how beliefs work.
So what do you do if you don't like the box you've created? What if you don't like the way people act around you, the way relationships seem to go, the amount of money in your bank account?
That's where living outside the box comes in.
You have to be willing to let go of the thoughts you've had about the way life is in order to create life the way you want it to be. View your life from an observer standpoint - without judgment or emotion.
Living outside the box
12 RULES FOR LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Inspiration 4 EveryoneEmpowering People Through Positive Inspiration
1. Always be willing to think for yourself.
2. Never live your life based on the uninformed or
negative opinions of others.
3. Always be open to new ideas.
4. Associate with other people who think for themselves
and are successful in life.
5. If you find yourself "going along with the crowd,"
always ask yourself where the crowd is going.
6. Make the decision to believe in yourself, no matter what.
7. Frequently ask yourself the question, "Am I thinking
inside the box, or outside the box?
8. Be willing to take responsibility for your own choices
and your own actions.
9. Set goals and stick to them. Don't let other people
deter you or hold you back.
10. Don't be afraid to be different. Most of life's
greatest accomplishments are achieved by people who break
11. Never be negative yourself. There is a lot of good in
yourself and in the world around you. Practice seeing the
12. Enjoy your choices and enjoy what you do. Never let a
day go by without being thankful for the fact that you get
to be here in the first place.
I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said, "That cannot be true. You haven't met everyone yet!"