Today, I’m sharing with you a very simple and effective way to become more aware, more conscious, reduce stress and guess what….it doesn’t have to be hard!
Go ahead and try it right now.
Stop: whatever you are doing and be still
Breathe: let your belly be soft and your back straight so as to give the airways a chance to expand and breathe in and out easily.
Notice: Allow yourself to be curious, from a childlike state of not-knowing and non-judgment.
What do you notice about how your body feels (including your breathing)?
What do you notice about your thoughts? Are they charged, pressured, focused, scattered, whiney, empowering?
What do you notice about your feelings? Are you being with your feelings? Are you repressing them? Are you wondering what it is to feel?
What do you notice about your spirit? Is it present, absent, patient, impatient?
What do you notice about your environment?
Check in with your senses: what do you hear, see, feel (as in touch), taste, smell and sense (intuitively)?
You don’t need to ask yourself all of these questions and you will come up with some of your own. They are all designed to bring awareness to the present moment, by way of body, mind, spirit and heart.
Remember to remain curious and simply notice without passing judgment.
It takes a minute or two to do this. It is meant to be done many times throughout the day. Call it mini-meditation (which you can expand into longer sittings whenever you want).
It’s easy and it’s meant to be easy. Living consciously is a natural state and we are masters at resisting it.
Curiosity is one of the keys to playing in the mystery.
You might be wondering, “How do I remember to do this practice?”
There are a number of ways to remember to stop, breathe and notice. Here are a few suggestions:
Set your cell phone/ watch alarm or a computer beep to go off at various intervals.
Put sticky notes in prominent places like a mirror, dashboard, computer screen (create a pop-up or wall paper reminder) – Be sure to move them around since notes that are in the same place all the time become a part of the scenery and become invisible to us.
Have an awareness buddy and design an arrangement where you call or tap each other at moments to remind you to do this practice on the spot.
Once you have become familiar with this practice, you can add the next step – shift
If you want to change the way you are talking to yourself, holding your body (generally with tension), the pace at which you are moving or even open more to your authentic emotions and raise them to a higher level on a vibrational scale, you have a better chance of shifting them after you notice what they are by default.
I’ll write more about that in a future post.
As I stop and breathe, I notice what a beautiful day it is and that I’d really love to go out for a walk right now. It’s Earth Day after all! Meet you on the pathway…………
all photos and words copyright(c) April 2009, Kathy Loh, all rights reserved