‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’ – Albert Einstein
I saw a blog by Tony Clark on Heart of the Art this morning and found it so inspiring that I thought I'd share an extract here:
Take a minute to scan your surroundings. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you.
Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it. If you really focus, it’ll get brighter and more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise of your life.
Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort, and for others, it takes some concentration.
Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.
What do you think..?
6/5/2016 01:16:04 pm
Good one. Works on lots of levels. Helps you to be grateful, could help with stress, helps you find focus.
6/5/2016 01:29:54 pm
Thanks Mark. Yes, I spoke with someone yesterday who told me about how he and his family got stuck at a train crossing recently for 20 minutes whilst trying to make a long journey by car. It felt frustrating. His son commented afterwards, however, that it was the highlight of his holiday because he saw 4 trains pass by..! I found that story moving and inspiring. All the best. Nick
Karen Fugle ACC
6/5/2016 01:16:33 pm
Yes, from the carbon monoxide alarm's point of view, I really need to tidy my desk and sit up straighter! A nice little exercise, thanks!
6/5/2016 01:25:08 pm
Haha, thanks Karen. You really made me laugh!! :) All the best. Nick
7/5/2016 04:07:41 pm
Nice post, Nick. I actually do a variation of this in my coaching: have the client select an object and then make a brief list of its qualities. (I'm actually looking at a small herb plant I have in my kitchen: standing straight with a slight bend toward the light; beautifully – proud-of-itself – green.) Then I ask the client to assume the characteristics of the object they've just described, and then explain how their perspective changes from that vantage point. Always a good prompt regardless of the object. Thanks for sharing.
7/5/2016 04:12:04 pm
Thanks for sharing such a great technique, Jeff. I've done something similar, inspired by De Bono's Lateral Thinking, and assumed the characteristics of the object with the client - that is, I mirror their posture, movement etc as they do it. This has sometimes raised profound awareness and insight (...for both of us...) that I don't think would or could have happened through conversation alone. For more on experiments along those lines, have a glance at: http://www.nick-wright.com/just-do-it.html Let me know what you think? All the best. Nick
7/5/2016 04:08:24 pm
I used the "old lady, young lady" image exercise a couple of weeks ago as a kind of ice breaker before talking about perceptions; one of my participants was totally unable to see the young lady, even when shown by other group members. For her it was "the moment" in the course; it made her completely rethink the perception she has of situations.
7/5/2016 04:17:46 pm
Hi Bob and thanks for sharing such a great example of shift in perspective and stuck-ness.
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