Are you really aware of your environment? Most people aren’t. We spend out days in patterns and forming reactive behaviors that we tend to forget about proactive growth. I once worked with a client who, at the end of her journey, stated ” What you’ve taught me is the realization that it who and what I am seeing, hearing, moving, is what is making the waves in my life. Understanding the why brings me to understanding the how.” I thought this was a beautiful testament to our online work together.
When I speak to groups about sharpening awareness, I tend to focus on the still Room test. If you think you are qualified right now, in your space, to really understand how your environment impacts your emotions and moods, even recall of history, think again. For most people, we think we have a great grasp on how the world looks and operates. We are like race horses with blinders on. All we see is all we know, yet there is much more going on around us.
Take this simple Still Room test to start understanding what I mean when I reference the phrase ‘sharpening your environment awareness’. Then if you want to learn more, contact me. I can help you on an one-on-one basis (online or in-person) or I can come speak to your group to boost productivity and individual advocacy.
THE STILL ROOM TEST
1. Think about any other room in your home right now other than the one you are sitting in.
2. On a piece of paper write down all the details that you can remember about that room.
3. Now write down three ways that room makes you feel.
4. Write down one memory you have of a sad emotion in the room.
5. Flip the paper over. Walk away from it for at least an hour. Set an alarm if you need to.
6. Without referencing the paper you wrote on, grab another blank piece of paper.
7. Spend 30 minutes sitting in the room picking apart details and thinking about happy and sad memories. Don’t write anything down. If you need to, set an alarm. Really focus on details and don’t have music or any other background distractions on.
8. When the 30 minutes is up, while still in the room, write down one sad memory you have of this room.
9. Now, go compare your current notes with the one you wrote down in Step number four. Is there a difference? Examine how your recall varies from the actual awareness of being present in the now of the room.