I'm Making It: Activities for Weeks 11 and 12
Make the morning about breathing.
Today, start the day slowly. Even before you get out of bed, start to sense the day. Take three deep breaths and exhale slowly. Take in the fresh air with purpose and release the old air into the universe.
Feel the bed under your body, smell the air and slowly, when you are ready, feel your foot touch the floor as you rise.
If the day begins to speed up, stop. Take three more deep breaths before you move on. You can slow things down if you bring conscious attention to your day. It takes practice, but more than that, it takes the desire to make the change from racing through life to participating in it consciously and at a speed that is comfortable for you.
Make the day about paying attention to details.
So often, we race through the day. We get stuff done but hardly remember what, how or why. We are running so fast that the details are simply blurred.
It is within the details where life's beauty lives. If we are to fully see and live life, we have to pay attention to the details.
This is a small shift in how we approach the day, but it has a big impact on the quality of our lives.
Today, focus on the small stuff, the details. For example, taste your coffee in the morning:
- What does it taste like?
- Is it sweet?
- How hot is it?
- Is it soothing?
- Does it bring pleasure?
- What color is it?
- Do you share it with others? Who?
- How long does it take you to drink the cup?
What are the sounds around you in the morning?
- Are they pleasant?
- Do you hear birds?
- Horns honking?
- People talking?
What is the weather?
- Is it sunny?
- Are there puddles?
- Does the weather make a sound?
- Can you hear the wind or raindrops on the pavement?
Spend the day focusing on details, asking yourself questions to bring life further into focus.
Spend a few minutes writing about your day in your journal. How was today different from all other days?
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