I’ve been doing this little experiment lately. Whenever I feel caught up in negative thoughts/emotions, instead of eating 5 blocks of Top Deck chocolate (which may or may not still happen at times *cough) I’ve been looking at the possibility of finding joy in the teeny tiny things.
Just like we did as kids.
I’ve been walking along the street and smiling more at people, sometimes saying hello.
Like kids do.
I’ve been actively focusing on connection.
Like kids do.
It’s quite astonishing the result a simple smile can have, on yourself and the other person. :)
A few days ago I was walking, something was troubling me and I noticed my mind was caught up in a million twisted balloons (what an image right? 😜), dragging me into the stratosphere, so I thought I’d try my experiment.
What would I do if I was a kid?
So I thought, “what do I notice?”
Sigh. (Urgh do I have to play this game Nat, is this really going to work?)
Then I saw a teeny tiny bud of a flower on a tree that looked otherwise dead.
On the busy street, as cars whizzed past, i just stared at it. Looked at that one small bud.
I looked not through “whatever, a flower” ‘adult eyes’...
But through “wow a floweeeeeerrrr!!!!” ‘child eyes’. Interesting.
I immediately noticed a change in my thoughts.
Not so crazy, jumbled.
Then I saw a lemon tree.
Against a terracotta wall.
Looked at the lemons.
The tiny green baby lemons. ‘Child eyes’.
As I noticed these things, my thoughts literally changed.
I realized. These were teeny tiny joy treasures.
And they are litttterally everywhere we look.
All day long.
Surprises hidden for us evvverywhere. ✨🌷🍋
Then did it again the other day.
Crazy thoughts buzzing.
Okay let’s try this.
Driving along Orrong Rd.
I looked at all the beautiful, whimsical homes, looking for the joy treasures.
I turned on the radio (ABC Classic FM, reminds me of my Grandma ☺️)
In 30 seconds, this is the gem I heard!
“There are now more than 100 neuro-imaging studies showing that music activates multiple brain networks during music listening, responding & performance.”
(Prof Sarah Wilson Melb Uni, google her)
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