A Game of Fives
In this mindfulness exercise, all you have to do is notice five things in your day that usually go unnoticed and unappreciated. These can be things you hear, smell, feel or see.
For example, you might see the walls of your front room every day, you might hear the birds in the tree outside in the morning, you might feel the touch of clothes on your skin as you walk to work, you might smell the flowers in the park on a summer’s afternoon, but are you truly appreciating these things and the connections they have with your life and the world at large?
- Are you aware of how these things really benefit your life and the lives of others?
- Do you really know what these things look and sound like?
- Have you ever stopped to notice their finer, more intricate details?
- Have you ever thought about what life might be like without these things?
- Have you ever sat down and thought about how amazing these things are?
Let your creative mind explore the wonder, impact and possibilities these usually unnoticed things have on your life. Allow yourself to fall awake into the world for a while and fully experience the environment that encapsulates your daily routine.
Notice 5 in 3 – See, Hear, Feel
Every now and then, challenge yourself to find five things that are part of your present experience. First notice five things that you can see with your eyes. They don’t necessarily have to be interesting; it might just be just a table, the carpet, the TV, a cup, and a plate in front of you. The aim is simply to bring your full awareness to your experience now in the present moment.
Then notice five things you can hear. Keep listening until you’ve distinguished five different sounds.
Then notice five things you can feel with your body. These might be the pressure of the couch, the material of your clothes, a slight breeze, tension in your neck, or air breathing into your nostrils.
Then just rest your mind in this present moment awareness which you’ve just cultivated, and remain in that awareness for as long as you want. Then mindfully go back to your tasks.
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Play the five things game by yourself, with friends or especially great for children.
It will not only change the way YOU look at things, it will change the way your KIDS look at things and together will change the way you view life in general. By doing mindfulness exercises we change the gray matter in our brain no matter what age.
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