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Observe, Notice, Be Mindful

via Daily Prompt: Observe

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A tree growing from the rock at Billycatting nature reserve, perhaps a bird or the wind took the seed there? This was further along a side trail along the rock, and not immediately evident. I only noticed it when I stopped and really looked.

And that’s it really. Observation or noticing is one of the ways we become mindful of our immeditate environment, how we attend to living in the present moment. Observing or noticing is to stop and take note, to absorb our surrounds, to focus on what is immediately around us, to take in  and soak up what is there, in front of us.

Of course, that way of being mindful is applicable on the micro and well as the macro level. It can be externalities or internal to us. To be mindful of our feelings is to notice what is going on inside of us, and to work with those feelings non-judgmentally, but especially to know that feelings are just feelings and are not descriptive of who we actually are, and can be worked through, enough to change the negatives. Working with our feelings is crucuial to our growth and development, especially our mental health. We can get trapped in negative feelings and feel that we will never escape them, but sometimes this is simply a rut we have entered and which needs diverting. Mindmaps can be helpful and unhelpful, but we participate in their design and existence, we are not passive victims who are hostage to our feeelings or our circumstances. In essence, we can rewire the brain, we can train the the brain. It works by experiencing change and not in knowing about change. But it begins with awareness, observing, being mindful. As Einstein once said: “Nothing happens until something moves.”

Below: Dr. Dan Siegel on neuroplasiticity.

One of my ways of observing myself and my environ, my experiences, is through meditation. Meditation is a brain changer anyway. The deeper the engagement of meditation the deeper the latent observation that arises afterwards. But even sitting having coffee somewhere, to intentionally notice what is going on within and without oneself is powerful.

There is a problem at the moment with any discussion about mindfulness, different groups believe they have a truth or a way. Some have gone down a pure clinical mind path, others have developed exclusive spiritualities, others, a science only approach, as if they’re all mutually exclusive. Which is ironic, because binaries are hardly mindful! Mindfulness, true to itself, belongs to no one, and is for everyone, and is a mix of all those things, that’s what makes it so potent.

Paul,

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Focussed

via Daily Prompt: Focused

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I’m focussed on orchids. Cowslip Orchids, native to Western Australia, not endangerd overall, but under pressure where they are adjacent to urban areas. Saw these on a recent trail walk, there were many along the trail which is heartening, and the moths that help pollination were out in force, so some hope for regeneration.

When posting about orchids here it is really important to not give any details of your find, why? Because there are people who will go and dig them up, or take them as cut flowers. Which is counter productive because many Australian native plants are not easily transplanted, and most orchids won’t transplant, so to move them at all is just destructive. And to cut them is to kill them off. Sadly there are those who try (which happened several times where I live). Others will trample all over them just to get a shot of the one they want. It is very competetive, especially the endagered ones (no acounting for ego). There are such people. I really live in hope that orchids and their habitat will be a focus for protection by city councillors and workers all over the state, rather than the devastating rush to put concrete over every blade of grass.

If only we could learn from our indigenous peoples – that we must care for habitat, it is our friend and it is entrusted as gift. The gift is to enjoy not destroy, so that others can share in it too. Habitat, ecosystems, are vital to the web of life, surely they are worth more than ego or money? Surely they count in their own right? What we focus on matters!

Paul

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