We hope you've been able to put some of the things we've listed into practice over the last few weeks. Here are some more things to try to increase your NOTICING.
Each exercise can be done in ten minutes or less:
-Sit in a chair or lie on the ground hands at your side and feet flat. Begin to notice your breathing. Start first with the air as it enters your nostrils and as it leaves. What do you notice is different between the in breath and the out breath? Temperature, sensation? Then notice how your lungs expand and the various tugs on your muscles just from breathing. Allow your attention to float through the body and notice all that you can around your toes, ankles, legs etc. Notice your attention relocalizing through your body and notice how with each new phase you can pick up on greater detail
-Look at your favorite piece of art or your favorite souvenir. What was it that you noticed about it that made you want to keep it? What can you notice about it today that you never really noticed before?-Watch your favorite movie and ask yourself what are the first images presented to the viewer? Why did they select those images. What was it that the makers of the film noticed in that moment that made them decide it was necessary to tell the story.
-If you are working on memorizing a scene or a monologue, notice if there is one word, phrase or line that just doesn’t really stick in your mind. Look at it more closely. See if you can notice what it is about the line, phrase or word that makes you want to skip it or substitute something else. Quite often that detail will be the key to the line.
- Go through a photo album and pick one person that you care about. Look at them in the different pictures of the album. What details are different from photo to photo? From moment to moment? From year to year?
Other ideas: Re-read your favorite poem and look for something new, watch an animal and see how much of its surroundings it is taking in at all times, do a “taste test” of different brands of the same product and see if you can articulate the differences.