Welcome to our Mindful Wednesday blog,
where we are learning how to live in the NOW,
and not waste our precious lives fretting about stuff we can’t control, or panicking about shit that will probably never happen.
Last week, we talked about the power of hugs.
I could use a good hug right now!
Where are Steve and Dave when you need them!
Here I am,
scrambling to get out of the door to a late night TV Show,
panicking about getting caught in traffic on the M25,
just got a gentle nudge from a mag editor
that this month’s article is late,
bla bla blady bloody bla...
But actually, aren’t I lucky to HAVE to write to you today?
Because that is making me listen to myself, before I spout forth!
Physician heal thyself springs to mind...
I have figured out an instant Ping-me-back-to-now technique.
It makes total sense to me! (pardon the pun)
If I just think about my senses - any one of them,
and switch any one of them on,
- and I mean IMMEDIATELY -
come back from wherever my mad head is dragging me.
If I simply focus on what I can hear, feel, see, smell or taste,
I am instantly in the moment.
or what our senses are registering can only be in the NOW.
Think about it.
Try this now:
Switch on your ears, to LISTEN to the sounds outside,
or in the room you’re in. Detect 3 different sounds.
(Don’t go getting caught up in a rant because the neighbour’s music is blasting!)
Do nothing. Just register the sounds.
Or touch the top you’re wearing and FEEL the texture.
Touch 3 different surfaces.
Or LOOK at your thumbnail and study its shape.
(Don’t panic, like I just did, and think
“Damn! I’d better clean and condition my nails before telly tonight!”)
Do nothing. Just register the shape.
Study 3 different things with your eyes.
Or put your nose to work and find 3 different smells.
The fridge is a great smells place!
clearly didn’t fancy the old banana...
And while you’re there, taste 3 different things!
When we concentrate on what we are
smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing or touching,
we are catapulted instantly into the moment,
And on that very obvious note, I really have to go.
Love and hugs,