Great piece by @jeffjarvis about what journalism should be, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The key skill of journalism today is saying what we *don’t* know, issuing caveats and also inviting the public to tell us what they know. Note I didn’t say I want the public to tell us what they *think* or *guess.* I said *know*.
This exercise is simple but incredibly powerful. Pick a natural organism that is within your sight and focus on watching it for one minute; perhaps a flower or insect. Try not to think of anything else. Simply observe the organism in all its glory for one full minute.
Think of something that happens every day more than once. For example opening a door. At that moment when you touch the door knob, allow yourself to be completely mindful of where you are, how you feel and what you are doing. The cues don’t have to be physical; it could be that every time you think something negative you take a mindful moment to release the negative thought. It could be that every time you smell food you take a mindful moment to rest in the appreciation of having food to eat. Choose a touch point that resonates with you today.
This is the same as mindful observation, except for just one minute listen to a piece of music you like. Try not to think about it, just listen. If you can’t find any music you like you can simply listen to the noises around you. Don’t try and determine what the sounds are, just listen and effortlessly absorb the experience.
Fully Experience a Regular Routine
Take a regular routine that you don’t think much about and make it a mindful one. For example, when you clean your house, pay attention to every detail of cleaning. Be mindful of what you are doing. Watch and feel the motion of sweeping the floor or scrubbing the dishes. Be in the moment, aware and present. Don’t simply clean on auto-pilot as you usually would.
The Game of Five
In this mindfulness exercise, all you need to do is notice five things in your day that usually go unnoticed. They could be things you hear, smell, feel on your body, or see. For example you might See the walls, hear the birds, feel your clothes or smell the flowers. Of course you may already do these things, but are you really aware of these things and the connections they have with your world?
“When a thought pops into your mind, there’s a moment of complete spaciousness that occurs between it leaving and another thought arising….just hold that moment for a little while longer each time you meditate…”