This month, we will shift our focus into observing the world around us.
1. notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant.
We take in information about the world through our five senses: touch, sound, scent, taste, and sight. Our senses take in information in the present moment, and therefore it can act as an anchor: a grounding force. Sensory information allows us to connect more deeply with our environment. When we truly pay attention: food tastes better, music sounds more beautiful, touch is more satisfying....
Here are some ideas to get you started in your journey towards observing more:
-Gather items of varying textures. Run your fingers over the varying textures, and notice the way that it feels under your touch.
-Place an ice cube in your fist, and hold it tightly as it melts. Notice how the temperature feels in your hand, and how the water may run out of your closed fist.
-Play your favorite song, and really tune into the beat of the music. Notice the lyrics, the pitch, the volume....
-Take a walk outside, and pay attention to the sounds around you. Do you hear birds, cars, laughter, the breeze rustling the trees, or maybe you hear nothing at all...
-While cooking dinner, spend time smelling the different ingredients, noticing the variation in their scents.
-Next time you are at the grocery store, stop by the floral section and take in the scent of the flower arrangements.
-Cook, bake, or purchase your favorite food item. While eating, pay extra attention to the taste of the food item, paying attention to the flavor and texture in your mouth.
-Get yourself a lemon or lime, and slice it open. Take a lick of the surface of the lemon, and notice how your taste buds react to this sensation.
-Take a look at one of your favorite photographs, and spend time closely observing the image. What colors, textures, shapes do you see? Is there anything new that you notice?
-Spend time outside, laying on your back on the ground. Take notice of the sky, what shapes do you see in the clouds?
As you can see, there are a number of ways to connect to your senses. The more time you spend paying attention to the information that your senses are providing, the more grounded and connected to your body you will be.
You can follow along as I share about my observing experience on Instagram, using the #12monthsofgrounding. I look forward to seeing what creative ways you access OBSERVING in your life this month!