My husband and I spotted a shadowbox at a local eatery this week, showing a cool little display of various nautical signs. Here’s one, which got me thinking: do I know what’s going on, with my “emotional weather?”
One of the simplest meditation practices is to name, for your own benefit, the primary emotion you’re feeling. To try this, ask yourself, “If I was going to put up one signal flag, just for myself, right now, what would it be?”
Bored, amused, anticipatory, frustrated, pleased… it’s simple. Just name it, don’t judge what you find, simply know that you’ve named it. Finding a way to check in like this helps to develop a curious, kind habit of present-moment awareness, in all kinds of moments.
You may ask, why bother, what’s the value? That flag in the restaurant made me laugh at myself, with some chagrin. I can think of plenty of times when I was decidedly NOT aware of my own feeling state, and the kinds of hot water I’ve fallen into as a result of not knowing. I’d have benefitted greatly if I’d been waving a Steer Clear sign around, at those times!
So, what’s your signal flag at this moment?