- Weekly Witch challenge – Catch up
Challenge entry - Garnet
I’m not sure if I correctly categorized this subject, if it’s in the wrong spot let me know and I’ll move it.
In the last few weeks, questions have been floating on the many rivers of my mind. And like
a leaf floating in the air, I felt compelled to float with it.
This challenge is delving into your senses and the curving rivers, of one’s mind.
I’ve often told young people that the secret to life is to live it to the fullest measure.
But, the fullest measure of life comes with unwritten rules.
#1. Be mindful and aware of everything going on around you.
I think that the human mind is like an early warning system. What I mean is that funny feeling when something is going to ‘happen’
#2. Develop and appreciate your 5 senses, to slow down and live for the moment… This helps to stop the thoughts racing around in your head until you want to dig your hands into your hair and scream.
STOP! Let me take a breath.
#4. Breath. It sounds so simple and for the most part, breathing is automatic. Think about the act of breathing. While pulling air into your lungs, do you know what else you’re doing? You’re oxygenating your blood. You are also unconsciously using your sense of smell. Do you smell the fabric softener on your clothes, your shampoo, or even a small whisp of smoke that can alert you to danger? Walking down the sidewalk, you can smell the freshly mowed lawn. Categorizing the smells becomes an automatic reflection. What does the smell mean to you, is it a good smell or something that should alert you to danger?
#5. Sight. Sitting in a comfortable chair on the porch, look around you. How lovely life is. Now close your eyes. All those lovely shapes and colors are gone, they are only a memory. All of the things you observed can be analyzed to help ground you and release anxiety or other negative emotions.
Don’t forget smell and breathing, it’s related.
#6. Taste This is such an important sense that if one should lose the ability to taste, it is possible to starve. Concentrate on your mouth and how it works, your tongue movement, your teeth, and the saliva produced to keep the mouth moist and help in early digestion.
#7. Touch We often think of touch. your hands & fingers. What about your feet? Your toes? in fact, the skin is the first line of defense against injury and infection.
This next little bit may seem a little unrelated to what I’ve said so far but bare with me here.
#8. Focus. Stand up and walk around the room, touching various things. When you are ready, pick something to be your focal point. Train yourself to continuously return your attention to that item. In time, even with distractions, you can gently return your attention to your focal point.
Don’t lose faith if you don’t succeed right away, it’s just another way to fine-tune your life and practice.
Anxiety is the enemy. It can make you feel out of control. You need to learn how to do grounding activities to instantly calm your mind and body.
If you remember nothing else, remember this.
This is your life, your body, your mind, and your emotions.
You ARE the master of your fate, so learn to sail the lovely sailing ship called YOU.
Blessed be and remember
You can be anything you want to be
Your only obstacle is yourself