“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” ~Earon Davis
New habits are born from small, consistent steps. Each month of my mindfulness project will have a focus, a small daily task or project designed to get me out of my head and more into the present moment.
The first month’s goal was to work towards creating a more mindful morning routine where I somehow managed to turn my non-morning loving self into an early rising lovely morning machine. The second month is dedicated to the act of simply noticing.
Mindfulness researcher, Ellen Langer defines mindfulness as the “simple act of actively noticing things.” Most people walk around mindlessly all day long, Dr. Langer says, “Most people are just not there, and they’re not there to know that they’re not there.”
I want to be there!
Mindfulness means paying attention and noticing things in a new way. We spend so much of our day busy watching out for what lies ahead or rehashing the past that we fail to notice all the beauty and happiness that surrounds us.
So notice one new thing every day and write it down.
I am going to work on noticing things each day during this month’s mindfulness challenge. I can notice something new about a person, a place, or the way something tastes. It doesn’t have to be something big, it can simply be noticing new buds on the trees, the way the grocery story clerk smiled and said good morning or taking a moment to notice how good your coffee tastes.
I will write all of these simple acts of noticing into a page in my day planner and share throughout the month.
Noticing that one new thing pulls you out of your head and into the present moment plus writing it down takes you one step further allowing you to reflect and be thankful for this one new thing you took the time to notice in your day.
This is very similar to a gratitude practice, but more focused on experiencing the moment rather than reflecting on past things you are thankful for at the end of the day. Hopefully this small daily task will turn into a fun game of what new things I can notice today!