In an average life, our eyes will see 24 million different images. And yet our brains – the computers that decode this data – are simply unable to process that much information. And so, we create shortcuts, we jump to conclusions, zone out on the way to work, stop listening to a friend. It’s a survival instinct and we are good at it, however, it removes us from the present and stops us taking in all that’s around us. The woman who holds the door for you, new flowers in a neighbours’ garden, the smell of a fresh candle on your desk.
Spend today noticing your thoughts and deliberately pulling yourself back to the present when they start to wander – write down three things that you noticed that you would otherwise have missed.