It’s truth-telling time! Did you set the “Where is my mind?” alarm last week?
If you DIDN’T get a chance to or you haven’t read last week’s blog, check it out and get your “thought” investigation underway to find out the actual “location” of your thoughts. 😉
If you DID set the alarm, tell me all about it! Where were you most of the time… Past, present, or future?
- Were you a worrier or catastrophic scenario creator?
- Were you stuck in past memories or regrets?
- Or are you already living mindfully in the present? If so, that’s great!
For those of you (like me) who noticed that they’re not always in the present, today I’ll be sharing a few tools (as promised) to help you on your quest to becoming MORE AWARE of your surroundings and what’s going on around you.
Also remember that if you were planning, setting future goals, or reviewing your life, that’s ok. We SHOULD be setting goals, we should be planning towards making our dreams a reality, and we should be reviewing what’s worked and what hasn’t, so we can create new solutions and perspectives.
Just notice if this is something that you’re doing all the time because you may be missing out on opportunities and possibilities that are right in front of you. Plus, you may be STUCK planning or reviewing instead of TAKING ACTION.
The “Where is my mind?” alarm is a tool to bring more awareness to our thoughts. If we’re on auto-pilot, we don’t notice that we’re possibly obsessing about the future or regretting the past. It’s important to stay aware and to notice when we’re on the brink of going down the worry or regret rabbit hole, so we can remind ourselves to get back to the present moment where our internal peace lives.
Using the alarm, you may have notice that you worry a lot and had no idea. So this gives you a technique to recognize that you are worrying, and then you can come home to the present moment.
In my experience, I’ve noticed that we forget. We forget to detect our thoughts. We forget to be awake. We’re training ourselves to be mindful, and this is a process. WE FORGET AND THEN REMEMBER. We forget and then remember. And that’s perfectly OK.
Keep the alarm for a while if you think it can help train you to become more aware of your thoughts.
Now for the promised TOOLS… Here they are! These are three of the tools I use to bring myself back to the present moment.
Tool #1: Do a Five Senses Check-In
Invoke all of your five senses wherever you are.
- Sight – observe the objects around you
- Hearing – what sounds are present?
- Smell – notice the smells in your surroundings
- Touch – how do your shoes feel on your feet, your clothes on your body?
- Taste – run your tongue through your teeth and cheeks and swallow
Tool #2: Take a Color Walk
Pick a color and walk outside. Then, start looking for that color.
Look at things as if you’re seeing them for the first time. Connect with the beauty of your environment; you may just notice things that have been right in front of you all along, and you just hadn’t been aware enough to experience them.
If you can’t find something with the color you chose, pick another one!
Tool #3: Be Grateful
In this last exercise, all you have to do is notice (and write down!) at least 3 things in your day that you’re grateful for. It can be big things or little things – or even things that usually go unappreciated (can be objects, events, people, etc.).
To learn more about these 3 tools to enjoy the present moment, check out this week’s video!
Once you’ve watched the video and have taken action, I want to hear all about it. Give me the details!
Do you use any other techniques to stay present? Share them with us! Your story may just be the inspiration that another reader needs to see their life transformed too.
Thank you for jumping in and if you have a friend who needs to hear it too, share the love. I’ll be waiting with open arms.
With love & joy,