“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Imagine a scene from the Matrix. You are standing in the middle of a battle, and time stands still. You have 360 degrees of situational awareness - everything has slowed down and you are able to observe all of the dynamics of your environment. As a result, you become able to change your environment rather than becoming changed by it.
This power, “equanimity” ~ stillness and balance of mind is achieved through becoming mindful. Practicing mindfulness, will allow you to observe HOW you are experiencing your version of reality, and give you the space and choice to determine more strategic responses.
Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. We frequently use the terms mindfulness and awareness interchangeably, but it is the not enough to simply be aware. Cognitively, when you are mindful, you will become aware that certain experiences are pleasant and some are unpleasant, but on an emotional level you will not be reacting.
Try practicing the following exercise and unleash your Warrior Goddess!
1. Isolate Your Senses.
Concentrate your attention on one sense at a time. Attempt to catch as much of reality with any one sense as you can. You will never catch everything and that's totally fine. Simply flow through your senses.
You can start anywhere. Attempt to catch discrete details. Look at a tree: see leaves, twigs, branches, trunk, and roots. Feel your body: a tingle on your skin, texture of your clothes, and pressure of a position. Cycle through all your senses of touch, taste, hearing, seeing and smelling.
2. Practice Simultaneous Sensory Perception.
Now attempt to capture as much of reality as you can with multiple senses at the same time. Start with two ~ sight and sound. See and hear at the same time. Be equally aware of both senses. It may be easier when most of the sound comes from whatever you are looking at.
Next, pay attention to sounds coming from outside your visual focus. Then start to broaden your visual focus and try to see and hear as much as possible at once.
Enjoy your practice!
With love, from one Goddess, to another.
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