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You just need a little distance

To take your head out of the sand

And see the bigger picture.

Sometimes, it could be mental distance.

Meditation, prayer, yoga and other spiritual practices can bring you back to a more open and connected state of being.

Let Peace Fill Your Body
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Talking to yourself in second or third-person can help your mind see something from a different, oftentimes more productive perspective.

"What would [insert your name here] do? What should [name] do?"

Looking back at me
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Sometimes, it could be physical distance.

Going on vacation or even taking a walk in the woods shifts your awareness into a more distanced state and can give you perspective.

Bamboo leaf canopy
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Astronauts coined the term the "overview effect" for the deep sense of awe connection they feel for Earth and humanity when they see Earth from outer space. Earth, our fragile, pale, blue dot.

Earthrise—the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts on December 24, 1968 as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit
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From that distance, all of our hate, politics, and violence seem so petty.


You just need a little distance

To think differently.