We know our eyes see everything around us, but that our brains can only process a small portion of that information. What it chooses to focus on has to do with what we’ve focused on in the past, and where our habit-mind takes us.
When we learn something new, like a new word, our mind begins to notice it around us, and we have the opportunity to change our habit-mind by embracing this subtle shift in awareness.
Luckily, we can also initiate this process on our own - for instance, choosing to be aware of something. We can tell ourselves, today, I am going to notice the color green. Today, I am going to listen for the word "should." Choosing to be aware is a very powerful way to become mindful of things that might otherwise slip by us.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Today, I find inspiration all around me!
Today, I notice acts of generosity around me.
Today, I enjoy making healthful and relaxing choices!
Today, I easily support others.