Almada, Lisbon (Portugal) - these two kitties were living feral as part of a colony of cats. I came across them as I was walking along the river at the base of Cristo Rei. I find this image quite funny, the red pelted cat at the front is almost looking around the corner whilst the grey one is sneaking up on the first one. I did watch them to see how it will all unfold, and despite the preparation the gey cat abandoned the chase, they continued on as friends walking side by side.
Don’t you find yourself paying attention to something and all of a sudden you have that feeling someone is watching you? Can you ever sense that perhaps someone is behind you without even turning? Do you ever tune into that extra sense that can feel something moving at the periphery of your vision?
In this image the red cat may have been watching something round the corner, but was fully aware of the other cat behind, so I guess this is what let the other cat know not to ty anything.
We spoke of the senses in our previous posts, and I would like to challenge yourselves to get in tune with those senses, especially the most subtle ones, the one that perhaps due to our busy lives we tend to ignore because it is the one that speaks the softest.
If our body is on high alert all the time, as it needs to get through the next task and the next and the next, we fail to tune into our body. One activity I do with some of my more “hyper vigilant” clients is an exercise called 5-4-3-2-1 in which we engage our senses. This is a grounding technique to bring the mind and body back into the room and be more present in the current space. It is super simple to do: look around the room, and as you look around name 5 things you can see (make sure you name them, even if in your own mind but makes sure to speak the name of the things you notice, saying out loud is even better); 4 touch four things you have around (physically touch them, can be anything as long as you make physical contact with it and of course name them); 3 – listen out to three distinct sounds around you (name the sounds you can hear), 2 – identify two smells you can smell (name the smells) – 1 – and last take a deep breath as if smelling a flower and breath out as if blowing out a candle. This exercise engages all your sense and brings you back to the present. The more you operate from the present the more you will be able to be in tune with your world. The more you operate from the past the more you will be operating from past emotions, the more you operate form the future the more your mind ignores what happens in the here and now.
The cats in the image are operating from the present, they are paying attention to everything around them, they have heightened senses and are not bothered by what happened before, nor worried about their future, they just are.
When was the last time you just were? When was the last time you only engage with the here and now? When did you have a weekend where you just enjoyed the moment without having a schedule? When was the last time you did not worry?
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