This evening Noah and I went with Mum and Noah’s cousin to the veggie plot in the field.
It was a warm evening and we had a job to do.
Mum had grown lots of leek plants from seed and they needed putting in the ground. It really was quite a mission and for while it seemed that we were doomed in our efforts.
Each tool Mum or I picked up – a child wanted it more than anything else in the world!
Every job one child wanted to do – the other one instantly wanted to do more!
If we told one child they had done a good job the other had a grump!
and then to really provide a challenge…
Beau the dog sunk in and stole the packet of fruit sweets that the children had set their hearts on as an after treat!
Noah howled with disappointment and it went on, and on, and on…
So distraction was the only way.
Mum tried to take him for a walk but he wanted me so I got him engrossed in the job that we were doing. I gave him the watering can and he filled each hole in after I put each plant in. After a few minutes of focusing on the job we were doing he calmed down. Phew!
It struck me that this is the exact same process as Meditation.
If you are wound up (about anything) then sitting to focus on a Meditation exercise may be difficult but if you persist then you eventually get some calm.
So if you are wound up about something take some time to sit and to focus on a Meditation exercise.
In this situation counting your breath is a great way to keep your mind focussed.
Notice the rising and falling sensation that comes with your breath and then begin to count one on the rise, 2 on the fall and continue to 10. When you get to 10 come back to 1 and start again.
Each time your mind wanders simply bring your attention back to the breath and the counting.
All types of upset can be relieved by distraction – the more often you train your brain to do this exercise the more possible it will be in moments of need.
Come on a Revitalise Session to learn the skills to give you back control of your mind.