This is a five-minute practice you can do anywhere, to help get the different parts of your awareness talking to each other. You could also think of it as an elemental balancing ritual, since different types of consciousness can be correlated with Earth, Air, Fire and Water. I try to run through it a few times a day, sometimes with other people, and especially if I’m about to do something hard or make a big decision.
First, take a couple of deep breaths and notice what’s on your mind right now. Are you stressing about a project or daydreaming about future events, for example? Second, allow your awareness to settle into your body and notice what sensations you’re experiencing. These are often physical things like the feel of your clothes, your chair, or the temperature of the air, but could also include sounds, smells, and other perceptions of your environment. Third, close your eyes and notice what kind of imagery comes to mind. This is the hardest for most people, and if that’s you you can start out by asking yourself what color you would see if you imagined a color right now. That kind of question is good in general – if something appeared to your mind’s eye, what would it be? It’s ok if the image isn’t very visual or detailed. There are two questions that I experiment with in the fourth place: what do I want, and what is missing for me right now? Try them both out and see which one works better for you.
This morning I woke up from a dream that I was a fish who had to draw circles on other fish and then kill them for the oxygen in their bodies, which would turn the circles into bubbles as it escaped. That was weird, so my other dream snuck into my conscious mind undetected. I was thinking as I had my coffee that I want to ask my parents for some bookbinding supplies for my birthday, which is coming up, until I realized that I just dreamed that I want to ask for that – but I do love books, and crafting, and I’ve been curious about bookbinding in the past, so…
My conscious mind thinks I want to learn to tattoo, though even that I feel a bit iffy about. It’s an appealing idea, but I’m not sure if my hands are steady enough or even how great I’ll be about dealing with blood, so I’ve put off acting on that for a long time. I’ve thought about it again and again over the years, though, so I think I’m finally going to go ahead with it and see what happens. Not sure my parents would like to support that plan, though, so bookbinding may be on the horizon as well.