Each morning I awaken before sunrise. Initially, it was because of poor sleep, but I’ve worked on transforming that negative into a positive. You see, after my move I was very fortunate to gain a spectacular view. When I look out my window I can see for miles. I can see the bare trees and picture them with full foliage and I can imagine the warmer days to come. I found my view.
In this, I’ve been lucky. The view came at just the right time, just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. For a time, I practiced capturing the morning in photos. For various reasons, I fell out of that practice but began to relax and meditate instead. They are both practices that transformed the negative of poor sleep into the positive of beginning my day by grounding myself. And in this, they’ve kept me safe.
As the day moves along, I find myself glancing out the window, marvelling at what I see. Each time I glance, I pause and I breathe, grounding myself anew. Each time I glance I distract myself away from what threatens to overwhelm me.
A Virtual View?
My view is a physical reality but it occurs to me that the principle of grounding and distracting lends itself to virtual views, views within the mind that grow out of different physical stimuli. What would I do if I didn’t have my view? I’d turn to my CALMtainer and distract myself by using my five senses.
This is something you can do. You can create your own CALMtainer and allow it to engage with your senses in a positive way. You can distract yourself from what threatens to overwhelm you. Not quite the same as my view, but a powerful mental tool that can help you create a different view.
And isn’t that what we need right now? A way to distance ourselves from the world and better our mental health?
So why not create your own CALMtainer, create your own mental view? Engage your sense of smell with some essential oils, or your sense of touch with a textured fabric. Engage your sense of taste with candy, your sense of sight with a photograph, your sense of hearing with a sound. Stimulate your senses and allow them to distract you. It just might make all the difference.
I found my view. Let’s try to find yours!
Image by John Dickson