Mindful Perspective…

We can take Mindful Seeing a little further when we use it to change our perspective mindfully – here are a couple of extra things to do….that only take a minute or 2! 🙂
Peripheral Vision – focus on a spot in front of you and then as you stay focussed on that spot also take in all that you can see in your peripheral vision – it is possible to be aware of 2 things – the focus in front and the peripheral vision – yet often we are not consciously aware of this 🙂
Laser Beam Focus & Broad Focus – experiment with bringing all of your attention to one part of your body in laser beam focus and then broaden your focus to be aware of that body part AND the rest of your body and your surroundings. We can do this with our thoughts / feelings too.
Shift Your Perspective – if you find you are ruminating / worrying at something – get up and go somewhere new, physically shift your perspective, travel away from the problem, climb a mountain to look at it differently etc. Another way of doing this is to sit in the chair that person might normally sit in – and imagine what the world looks like from their perspective. Or you can take up their body posture or pretend to be them and check in with their perspective!
Or viewing your family/lovd ones from a distance or from outside the house can help you to see things differently! When my kids were small I always felt so warm towards them when I could look in a window and see them inside – or when I could swim out in the ocean and look at them playing on the beach! 🙂
You can do also this Shift Your Perspective with an overwhelming feeling, breathe into it – and then in your minds eye pictur yourself takin 3 steps back from it – to see it from a different perspecive….to make room for it….I do alot of this in ACT Mindfully Coaching and in my own life.
So which one are you going to try today? 🙂

Mindful Seeing

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If you ask your brain a question – it has to seek the answer – so one of the most powerful ways we can bring our minds back to the present moment is to ask it a question about what it can see. Try it out, have a stretch, take a breath, here are 5 questions related to seeing- can you answer them?

1. How many shades of green can you see right now?
2. Can you find 5 different colours of grey in the clouds / blue in the sky?
3. How many different leaf shapes can you see out your window?
4. What do the lines on the palm of your hand really look like?
5. What feature do you love most on a loved one’s hand / face?
6. Can you find a new feature on your child’s face / hand you haven’t seen before?

And while you were answering those questions was it possible to be caught up in the intensity of planning, remembering, feeling, to do lists?

This is one of the most simple mindfulness strategies – and it is also one we can completely forget to do – we can move through the world with ‘blinkers’ on…

Our brains cannot take in every detail in any moment – so we program them unconsciously to only see what we ‘want’ to see. If we are focussed in on what a terrible day it is – then we will see evidence for this. If we are focussed in on how we ‘stuffed’ up or we’re not good enough- then we will see evidence for this. If we are in love then the world literally looks rose coloured and we will only see evidence of how beautiful the world is.

With mindfulness, we can interrupt our thinking, we can provide a pause – stretch, breathe and ask our mind- ‘what are 5 things you can see right now?’ and then choose whether to dive right back in to the previous thinking program or to reprogram our brain what we will concentrate on right now.

This is perfect for when we are feeling annoyed/irritated with someone. We can choose to keep finding evidence for this or we can switch focus to find and notice the neutral or positive things that person is doing! Just noticing inside ourselves the positives for that other person – can change what they do and how they relate to us!!!

Give it a go – which one of the questions above is your favourite? Which one will you use this week? Have you got a different question you would like to share?