Sometimes children give us a reality check, an experience we just weren’t expecting. This morning it really struck me how uninhibited Noah is. He loves to do what he loves to do, no matter how hectic life is.
When, as a normal grown up, would you every think of sitting to play a couple of games of dominoes on a busy weekday morning?
It sounds like a mad idea doesn’t it!?
Well that is exactly what Noah and I did this morning. Never mind that we still had to get dressed and have breakfast. Never mind that we had a dishwasher to unstack, washing to put on, 2 horses to feed, snacks for play group to make, and much, much more. Despite all of this we took 20 minutes out to focus on our new favourite game.
Rather than it stressing me out that he was set on this plan of action, I decided that the best idea was just to join in and enjoy the break from rushing about. Somehow we still got all of the jobs done and we made it to Playgroup for 9am. Amazing.
Taking a fresh approach to situations is often a really good experience. Playing a game in the middle of a potentially stressful morning can really defuse tensions and make life a little lighter.
Our body and mind are closely linked, so when we are in a hurry and moving at speed because we have lots to get done, our minds become really hectic too. When are minds are hectic we think less clearly and things become muddled.
So if you can take the time to sit still for a few minutes then your thoughts will slow down too, you will see life with more clarity and you will make decisions more easily.
It makes perfect sense then to sit and let your brain still, even when things are hectic, despite the fact it may at first seem counter intuitive.
Beware, the Dominoes Challenge is a hardcore approach. It is almost like a mental cold turkey!
When you try to sit and play dominoes in a hectic moment when all your instincts are telling you to speed up, you are likely to find the pull from your thoughts to jump into action again really quite strong. The challenge then becomes to recognise that your thoughts are just thoughts and that you don’t have to act on them. Have the commitment to stick with your game.
If you manage to maintain your resolve and return your thoughts to the game then you will find that after a little while your thoughts slowly start to settle. Notice as the initial flurry of distracting thoughts slow down and enjoy the fact that eventually you will be free to focus on the game.
The benefit of this exercise is amazing. You train your brain to focus where you want it to focus. By doing this in a challenging situation where there is a lot of competition for your attention you prepare for real life. Your build your stamina for concentration by sticking with the game no matter what. You experience for yourself the gradual process of your mind clearing in a very measurable way and when you re enter the real world you will notice how clearly you see things because you have that little extra head space.
So take the Dominoe Challenge and see how your mind copes. If you feel that you could do with a bit more mindfulness and brain training in your life then get in touch through the contact form, Revitalise training could be just what you need.