“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller
Sometimes the Monkey Mind plays up again more so than usual, so then it becomes even more vital to apply mindfulness. Previous posts covered what can be done to ground ourselves and relax again. It aids in having a clearer head, this article helps in being mindful: finding something good to focus upon.
When we are less mindful, we usually give our brains far too much energy, which easily results in headaches, apart from the draining experience of having an over active mind, being forgetful as well as overly critical towards ourselves (and due to being on edge, others too). A downwards spiral tends to set in, if not careful!
There are exercises to shift our focus and regain control of our minds (and lives). Most have to do with being more present in the Here-and-Now. The easiest way is to focus on one of our senses, observing what is actually going on, right here, right now.
In a book by Penney Peirce, The Intuitive Way, there are some great exercises, here is one:
- Go for a walk and focus on sight, choose one colour (one that feels right or important today) and observe it during your stroll. Just simply one colour. Afterwards evaluate for yourself how this walk might have been different from walks you have done before.
- You can choose one colour for a whole week or alternate colours each walk, remember to keep observing (which means no labelling, no naming).
- Journal what you have observed
- When you have company, both can concentrate on the same colour and compare notes at the end, what stood out for you?
This is a very basic exercise, sweet and simple; just like life itself. It will add so much to your life to adjust one’s focus in such a basic way!
Off course, apart from subbing colours, we can also vary the sense that we choose to concentrate upon! Sound, sight, touch, smell, taste what is around you with more attention and you will definitely notice a shift in awareness!