Friends, what I want to tell you is this…
You have a stunning life. The beauty and the wonder. The terror and the pain.
Don’t miss it.
Too often, we lose our life in the midst of our calendars. We numb the difficult parts with cocktails and television. We try to capture moments in snapshots, only to tuck them away in shoeboxes and computer files.
In the rush, in the avoidance, in the tasks of the day, we lose touch of our humanity. Our gratitude. Our surprised laughter. Our heartfelt tears.
What if you could see your life not as a blur, but a symphony?
Will you do something for me today? Will you take these next few minutes to notice what Mary Oliver calls your “one wild, precious life?”
Get into a comfortable Noticing Posture:
(To listen to me talk you through this posture, click here.)
- Ground your feet by connecting them to the surface below you.
- Drop your tailbone into a neutral position so that it’s not tipped forward or back.
- Stack your vertebrae on top of this base to align your spine.
- Lift your shoulder blades up as high as you can and the let them drop away from your ears. Imagine your head floating above your neck like a helium balloon.
- Swallow to relax your jaw.
- Take three conscious breaths. Breathe In. Breathe out.
- Prepare to direct your gaze.
Bring your attention to this day. Take a welcoming breath it its direction. Without judgment or plans for change, take 3-5 minutes to Notice…
- What do I feel? What initial emotions arise when I become still?
- What do I see? What objects, colors, and textures greet me?
- What do I hear? What sounds greet me in this space?
- What do I smell? What scents does the space carry?
- What would I name this moment? Pick three descriptive words that capture this moment.
- What else am I noticing right now?
This is your life. The hot and the cold of it. The hurt and the joy of it. All its real bits in all their real glory.
Cherish it my darlings. Mold it, and make it, but most of all just notice.
Is your life moving by too fast? Do you need some help with noticing? Tell me what you are noticing about your life today and I’ll put you name in the hat to win a seat in our next round of The Art of Noticing.
May awareness and presence be your withmates today.