Monday, June 4, 2018

Focusing On Your Senses

Springtime Rain in the Woods

Hi Everyone :) would seem I haven't had one little ol' thought in my head since May 1st lol! Oh you know how it is when gardening season starts, right? Everything in life is focused on the weather, being outdoors and then collapsing in bed with a glass of wine. :)

With all of the sunny weather lately, I haven't been near the computer much. But the last few days of rain have afforded me time to lounge about (and avoid cleaning the house)!! These three photos are ones I took with my Canon camera. I tried to keep it out of focus to catch the falling rain. :)

I decided that I'm going to do a bit of an exercise to become more in the present, and be more mindful. Every weekday I'm going to focus on one of my senses:

Monday: sound
Tuesday: sight
Wednesday: touch
Thursday: smell
Friday: taste

I'm doing this mostly on my morning walk with the dogs on the mountain. This morning is was POURING rain...and I mean dog-soaking to the skin pouring rain. But at some point, I said to the dogs "everybody stop, everybody sit." They are so well-behaved, even in the rain they follow commands! I love them! :) Then I said "what do you hear?". We often say this to the dogs and their ears perk up, trying to hear something. I took the time to close my eyes and focus on the falling rain and on how different it sounded when it hit the rocks, the leaves, my hat and the ground. It was wonderful! I love this exercise! :)

What do you do to practice mindfulness and live in the present moment?

As many of you know, Alex and I are in FRUGAL mode for the next year in an attempt to buy our first home two provinces over. :) I've crunched the numbers and it's going to be a challenge but we are both up for it! Are you in a financially challenging situation? Maybe ask yourself some hard questions. I avoided looking at the big picture for too long for fear of disappointment, but sometimes you just have to face your debt and spending habits don't you? It's part of life and when you face what makes you afraid, it empowers you to make a change and this in turn motivates you to succeed. :) At least this is how it works for me! :)


wisps of words said...

These photos are gorgeous. Love the out-of-focus. Love all photos of rain. -happy sigh-

What a wonderful exercise... To pay attention to what you were hearing. A great plan you have, to do this mindfully, with your senses.

We have always lived, in a quite frugal way. Not denying necessary things, but never into "keeping up with the Jones," as the old saying goes. He ran the store, and I stayed home with the house/children. But I also did not spend money, frivolously. So he always says, it was a 50-50 operation.

And it has all, done well by us.

Paying attention to all your finances, and plans, will do well by you too.

Leigh said...

Great post Rain. I love that you and Alex are really taking the bull by the horns with your determination to buy a place of your own. I think making an analysis like this is so wise and will serve you well in the long run. Dan and I have been through a series of no-income stretches over the years. They can be worrisome, but I've found that with each one I was able to let some aspect of our consumerism go. Our goal has been to live as much off our land as possible. With no income or extra money I found that things I though we "needed" gradually became less important. I learned to stop "window shopping" and wishing for things, and that became a huge release from materialism. Now we focus the little purchasing power we have on things that will help us continue on toward that goal.

And I really appreciate the exercises in paying attention to the senses. Sometimes, when I'm doing something mundane like milking, I just close my eyes and focus on sounds. It's amazing what you can pick up by paying attention through just one of the senses.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Never anything wrong with being more mindful, more present! :)

wisps of words said...

Thank you for your comment on this post of mine.

I did reply to comments, in my blog, which I don't usually do. And I wanted to let you know.

Rain said...

Thanks Wisps of Words! I did see the reply to your comment, it was nice to see you replying! :)

I'm trying so hard to be mindful. I get lost in thought and worry too often and I think this will be a good exercise for me that I'll continue for the rest of my life.

Yes, the finances! We've always been careful with our spending, but now it's time to go further into frugal mode. It's just an adjustment and we're willing to adjust in order to follow our dreams! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Leigh :) I've done the same as you have, stopped the "window" and "wishful" shopping because in the end it just makes me want a thing more. Things I thought I needed just a few years ago are now just a waste of money memory for me. It's so freeing when you drop your consumerism! I'm modeling myself after you and Dan actually. I was so impressed by that post you did about your own self-sufficient ways. Our biggest hurdle is car repairs and vet bills at the moment though. We don't know anything about cars, but in the future we'd love to learn a little more. Vet stuff though...well, can't be avoided sometimes!

Rain said...

Thanks Dianna :) It's been a great exercise so far! I focused on sight today and it was wonderful! :)

Martha said...

Hi Rain! So happy to see a post on this blog. I've missed your lovely thoughts. But there are more than enough colder months of the year for that, right? LOL

That is an amazing exercise. Talk about mindfulness! And this is the perfect time of year for that with so much life around us.

I'm looking forward to when you move into your home. I just know you'll do it! Believe in that magic and make it happen :)

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) Rainy days make for computer time don't they? ;) And yes, the colder months are more about introspection for me and lots and LOTS of deep thoughts!! :) You're so encouraging. Yes...I'm believing in the magic and I'm working towards it, it WILL happen! :)

Pam Jackson said...

Hey Rain....seems like I spent the better part of my life worrying about MONEY! all started when I married and left home! With two pay checks and two kids it never went far. Then I divorced with two kids. It was not until maybe the last 5 yrs of working that I was able to enjoy not having to worry...DARN, then I retired! I only bring home 49% of what my last salary was and that don't go far but the year before my health forced me to retire I paid my house off. I shot weddings, senior class photos and other stuff, I took the money and applied it to my home to pay it off in 24 yrs instead of the 30 yr loan I had. Great feeling. My health forced me to retire at 56 and although I was young enough to say I still had enough yrs to enjoy my fibro prevents that a lot. But, I try to keep that attitude you comment on and push through. I have all I need, my furbabes, my car, my home, family and friends so all is good! Wishing you the best of luck on that home!

Rain said...

Hi Pam :)) Yes, money, love and hate the stuff lol...that was VERY smart of you to pay off your house quickly like that. When I apply for the mortgage, it will be a 15 year mortgage and my hopes is to pay it off in 10. At least that's the goal with very high hopes!!! I don't want to have an outstanding mortgage when my disability dries up. Thanks for the well wishes!!! :)

baili said...

dear Rain living in present is possible only with attentive mind and alert spirit and i am so happy that you are enjoying the messages of your senses !

glad that weather is pleasing and you are enjoying you morning walks with your adorable pets

wishing you and Alex a bright happy successful future in new house of your dream which my heart say will definitely become true soon

Magic Love Crow said...

Love your photos Rain and love the exercise you are doing, to become more in the present! When you think about it, all we are, is this moment! So live it passionately! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Hi Baili :) Thank you! Opening up my senses is wonderful. I'm discovering so many new pleasures and things to be grateful for. It's a wonderful way of life. :) I have great hope and happiness for our future, I feel it can only get better from here! :)

Thanks Magic Love Crow :)You're so right, happiness ONLY exists in the present doesn't it? Live life now, forget the past and work for the future...that's how I'm living! :)

Fundy Blue said...

I loved your rainy photos, Rain! It's really fun to listen to the different sounds rain makes when it falls. I used to make rain sounds with my students in school, from the lightest pitter-patter to a torrential downpour. It could really invigorate them!

I've always kept track of my spending down to the penny, although like everything in my life, I've sometimes had to play catchup. Seeing how you spend your money can be eyeopening. It's easier to trim the budget and save when you're armed with knowledge. You and Alex will reach your goal!