LISTENING: Don't Interrupt
I find myself interrupting people while they're speaking more often than I would like. It's mainly out of a passion for what I'm speaking on, though sometimes it's since I feel what I'm saying is of importance and must be said. Whatever the reason, it has turned into a bad habit that I wish to stop. I've been conscious of it for a while now, and often catch myself while I'm doing it. I keep saying I want to change this, so let me just go ahead and stop it!
I had a good awareness throughout the day today talking to friends. I was conscious of it during my workout with Eric, and stopped myself a couple times. Just shut up, not think about what I want to say, and just truly listen to the person speaking. I feel listening is more important than talking. I did a horrible job of this on the phone with my brother tonight, though it seemed a bit necessary at times and there were incredible breakthroughs and building that took place between us that's been much needed for many many years.
HEARING: "In one ear, out the other"
Its not a noise, like a car horn blasting, that is "good or bad," it's the thoughts that we attach to the noise that will determine if it's "good or bad." We usually create a false story around the noise and hang on to it, instead of allowing it to go "in one ear and out the other."
I did this today, as I usually do in the beginning of meditation, keeping myself in the present moment. Being an observer, listening to the sounds of the room, the street, the cars and all external noises, letting these sounds pass by without placing judgement or attaching thoughts to them. I would like to experiment with this and be more aware of it throughout my day.
SEEING: “We see with our brains, not with our eyes.”
I'm going to experiment with perceiving images with my eyes closed through touch, at times during my day. Of course it's nothing as incredible as Bach-y-Rita's neuroplasticity experiments, though I feel it will be interesting to see the outcome. I might change things about this one as I go. Got nothing to lose!
Jesse showed us this Zen game yesterday, with the goal to catch something with your eyes closed. I found it interesting. I did not do anything today though.
SPEAKING: Vocab Efficiency
When we use the words "should, should've or shouldn't," there immediately implies there's a problem with the way things are. We 'should' and 'should' and 'should' until we just 'should all over ourselves!" lol I will experiment with taking these words out of my vocabulary.
This will be the easiest challenge for me, since I've done this with other words in the past. Today there were no 'problems,' only living life! If I do use these words for explanation, I will be conscious of it and use them in finger quotes.