How might it feel when we perceive something differently than others do?
What sensations might we feel in our bodies as we react to this encounter?
Where might we notice these reactions? If we pay attention to where we feel changes internally, let’s notice if we can recall another time something was unclear and the sensations felt similar? What comes up when we think about this? How might we use this as a helpful tool?
Feelings that arise are connected to our perceptions. Perception refers to “the process or result of becoming aware of objects, relationships, and events by means of the senses, which includes such activities as recognizing, observing, and discriminating.” ( https://dictionary.apa.org/perception)
As individuals, our sensory reactions can vary from one person to the next. Not one of us is exactly like the other and sometimes getting some clarification can be helpful.
During the crazy times we’re living through, how has our observation of everyday occurrences varied? What feels important this?
The image above is a simple example of how something can seem very dissimilar to different people and have no specific answer in that moment. One person sees a six, the other sees a nine. Neither is right or wrong in this circumstance. More information is required for explanation.
Regardless of what may seem like its changed, it may look different for each of us. How might we want to examine the uncertainty with a little more assurance so we can obtain a positive outcome?
If our perceptions reflect a negative bias, “we may be filtering out the positive aspects of a situation, while magnifying the negative and imaging the absolute worst” (Compassionate Integrity Training, Life University 2020).
If we don’t completely understand our initial perceptions, making focused, encouraging choices by acquiring more info might make it possible to adjust outcomes with a positive bias. How might that feel?
What might the result be if we listen to our senses with a mindful process of thought to determine what seems best?
An unknown author once said, “when you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes…” What comes up when we hear this quote?
Sometimes there may not be an absolute right or wrong and the confusion might cause a cloudy image of what seems visible.
“There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is seeing something that isn’t there” ~Thomas Hardy.
So, when we’re not certain what we see, how might we want to heedfully figure it out? What feels important about doing this? How might it feel when we accomplish this?
As we become more mindful to what seems ambiguous, we can bring clarity to any circumstance.
What might we perceive when we’re considering planning “ME” time to care for ourselves? How might thinking about being first on our “TO-DO” list affect what we feel inside? What seems important about it?
How might we want to be mindful about planning some of that “ME” time?
Today is “ME” Monday® after all and there’s nothing uncertain about that!
By implementing a “ME” Monday® routine today, we can improve our overall ROI to have a great today and determine the tomorrow we deserve!