Way back in 2015, I lived for a year near the Gulf of Mexico in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hubby and I spent time on the beach at the Padre Island National Seashore. Cool bird flights, waves, dunes, and warm seas aside, my joy was in finding the shells. At first, I walked down the beach looking at the sand near my feet. Of course I picked up almost everything, but then I got more selective (so many shells!). After a while, though, I let go of my brain completely. Instead of worrying about missing something if I didn’t focus on the inches of sand just beyond my toes, I scanned larger areas with a general sense of visual awareness. The result was that I found fewer shells total but more interesting things, from starfish to sand dollars. It felt like relaxing my brain allowed the right shells to appear. Instead of focusing only on the details at your feet or on your desk, breathe, relax, and let your mind’s eye rove over the larger landscape of your life. Allow what “pops up” or lurks in the periphery of your awareness to get your attention and then move in closer. If it feels right, dig in to see how big that shell really is. Might be a keeper. What have you discovered from just scanning the environment with your intuition open? Looking for practices to get away from the past and future and see the big picture in the present? Check out my 1:1 programs here: https://app.guidely.com/en/joannes

Posted by Joanne Sprott at 2023-04-21 15:18:25 UTC