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One Small Step #1

Hi folks, it’s been a while.

 

I’ve been writing a longer piece.  It’s somewhat philosophical in a small way.  I’ll post it when it’s done – hopefully it’s not too many weeks away.  It looks like being about 60 pages long, but the main ideas occupy about 30 pages.

 

As part of this I’ve been thinking again about the importance of repetition.  So I’ve developed a series of very brief little exercises that are aimed at becoming habits.  They only take a minute or two (about 20 breaths – so it depends on how fast you breathe).

 

They are structured around the five dimensions that I see as structuring our experience (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social), and the four broad stages that I see as making up the flow of our experience: from the emergence of awareness, to scanning, engaging, enjoying (or not) and back to where we are.

 

I’ll post them one at a time separated by several days so you have time to practise each one.

 

We begin with the physical dimension, in particular seeing.

For five breaths, with your eyes closed, become aware of where you are and how you are. Just settle into you current situation.

Open your eyes and notice what your attention is drawn to or how your eyes drift from one thing to another for three breaths.

For three breaths, notice the colours and shapes, the edges where objects begin and the environment ends. Trace the edge of an object with your eyes.

Notice how these aspects relate to each other and how they are part of the whole thing.

Now spend three breaths with how you feel having done this. More in touch or less? More settled, agitated etc?

Finish with five breaths settling with where you are and how you are.

 

 

Let me know how you find it in the comments.

I'm Evan Hadkins. To find out how to live a more satisfying life you can download my manifesto on living authentically. It is a book of exercises to guide you to finding, nourishing and living from the core of who you are.

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