Tuning in to our environment…

willy wagtail
Many indigenous cultures claim that it is important to listen to what the wildlife have to say to us… Since working in Central Australia – I’ve always felt an affinity with Willy Wagtails – yesterday as I was the sole person walking on the cold beach a Willy Wagtail came down to feed at the high tide waterline….I’d never seen one that close to the water before….and he wasn’t shy…he would flutter away just a few metres ahead of me and wait as if I was to follow him?
 
My mind was filled with work as I walked but seeing this Willy Wagtail made me pause – and then I remembered to ask ‘Do you have a message for me?” and I listened…and deep within my heart was the message: let go of work, pay attention to these beautiful surroundings and live a little, dance a little, just as this willy wagtail was keen for me to do!
 
It was a beautiful wake up call, and got me out of my headspace and into my heartspace – and I left the beach feeling really grateful to this cheeky bird for the interruption to my thoughts, for the bringing me back to the present moment, for the gratitude that welled up in my heart.
 
So I’m wondering, what is in your environment right now? What can you tune into? And what inner words of wisdom can you hear when you pause?
 
Cheers, Sara 🙂

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? 🙂