If one is contented wherever he goes, he will be at ease wherever he may be. Even life and death cannot affect him. How much less can flood or fire? The perfect man is not besieged by calamities, not because he escapes from them but because he advances the principles of things and goes forward and naturally comes into union with good fortune.
— Guo Xiang
I am right slap bang in the middle of a Practitioner training at the moment, they are always exhausting, but very rewarding, with the different people we get on the courses all wanting to use NLP in their own unique ways. As Richard Bandler says, us NLP Practitioners should stick apart, we should be more Discordian about the whole thing. NLP grows from people applying it to different areas, not just all of us becoming “NLP clones” or “NLP Robots”.
Anyway I digress, I really wanted to spend some time over the next few days talking about sensory acuity, as without that everything else is useless. Sensory acuity for those not acquainted is about tuning your senses right up to take in as much information on the conscious and unconscious level as possible as the more information you have the better decisions you can make. We have a tendency to generalise distort and delete the information we receive from the five senses, we have to, otherwise our heads would explode or we would spend so long processing the information we would never do anything. But sometimes we just filter too much out, it learning to filter out the truly unnecessary and to pay attention the necessary (at any given moment).
To do that firstly we have to spend as much time in the present moment as possible, if we are not here now how can we pat attention to the here and now? It is a very Zen thing – Zen teaches us that we should live in the present moment, the past has gone and the future hasn’t happened yet, so what is the point dwelling in either? The teachings of Zen are that everything is a meditation and you should pay full attention to what you are doing at that time, whether it be eating, working or whatever. OK, maybe all the time is a bit extreme, sometimes it is fun to wander off into a daydream, right? But very sensible advice when you are driving a car! The question is how? Well the one way I was taught was to focus on your breath. When you catch yourself wandering off somewhere other than here and now, just return your focus of attention to your breathing for a moment, correct your posture and then return to the outside world. Why our breath? Because it is always there. It is something you can always focus on.
Next time I will teach you the fun to had with other awareness techniques
Until then be well!