What’s Here?

Has anyone else seen The Last Dance miniseries on Netflix? We finished it last night.

Color me impressed.

It may be helpful to know that any and all appreciation I have for sports can be attributed to my Sweet Husband. As a youngster I played a little soccer, field hockey, and softball, but quickly switched my focus to the arts by my teen-aged years*. So the world of sports is, in a word, foreign to me.

Anyway, after watching this show, I have a deep respect for Michael Jordan.

And one thing that was mentioned–I think by a sportscaster–was that much of Jordan’s success was due to his ability to be fully present in the moment.

He practiced mindfulness.

So here I am, a woman with an anxiety disorder, ready to give it a go.

I. am. here.

. . .

SnapDragon’s Practice in Mindfulness That May Or May Not Be Boring as Shit:

Sight: I see the glare of the sun on our Barbeque grill. I see my infant son chewing on a crinkly-paged “Numbers” book. I see my cat Henry trying to find a cozy spot to nap.

Sound: I hear muffled television voices. I hear the AC. I hear the occasional chirping of birds.

Scent: I smell the indefinable tropical fruit combination of my conditioner.

Taste: I taste the sweet and somewhat metallic vanilla of African Honeybush iced tea.

Touch: I feel freshly showered. I feel the residue of coconut lotion between my toes. I feel the rough skin of my fingertips from obsessive handwashing.

[[ Thoughts: I think I made it; my heart isn’t racing. Will it last? I wonder if he’s sleepy. Is the TV too loud? I hope she enjoys her birthday despite this lock-down shit. My eyes hurt. What should I read? ]]

Keep trying, Snap.

Another moment is just around the corner.

. . .

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* I did play an epic season of intramural volleyball freshman year of college. That may have been the most competitive streak in my life. Did we win the championship? I can’t even remember. . .

17 responses to “What’s Here?”

  1. You may be a wolf with those keen senses. 😊 Most days, I feel the same. Extraordinarily aware through every sense. Distant sounds especially, and scent.

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    1. Nice. What sort of distant sounds do you usually notice?

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      1. Voices mostly. Not imaginary ones😊In public or private. I seem to hear conversations from a distance with clarity. Not sure if it’s me just be nosy or simply tuning into a voice. Background noise, too. I get distracted by it.

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        1. Haha. I seem to have the opposite: I tend to tune out background conversations. I think it was after being a noisy classroom for so many years… 🙂

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          1. I can imagine … you must need to decompress after a long day teaching. Once I’m home, I try to unplug. It’s music mostly through dinner and early evening. It’s my telepathy that’s gives me the most issues. I need to close it down after 6. 😊🙏

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            1. Yes! Love this idea.

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  2. I would like to know where to acquire “African Honeybush iced tea,” because it sounds delicious!

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    1. Oh, it is! I actually brewed it myself. And I think we got the tea bags from Amazon, actually. 🙂

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      1. Awesome! Thank you! 😌

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  3. They say a lot of anxious people are keenly observant.

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    1. I like this positive spin! 🙂

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      1. It’s also often true! 🙂

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  4. We also thought The Last Dance was a wonderful doc, and I picked on his being fully present segment. I’ve tried meditation a few times, but my mind just starts wandering after a couple of minutes…

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    1. Mine too. It’s hard! But there’s something therapeutic just in trying, I think…🕊

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      1. I agree, there is certainly some benefit to just trying it for a couple of minutes…

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