Waiting for something?
Put that smart phone away and tune in to your senses.
The Last 3 Waiting Situations that Sent Me Over the Edge
- I was on hold with customer service. Forever. Then I got transferred. For the third time. Then by the time someone got on the line, I forgot for a moment who I was calling.
- There was only one person ahead of me in line at the post office, but she had a huge bag full of packages to send internationally and "didn't know" that she was supposed to fill out individual customs forms.
- I was driving and late for an appointment. Then I got stuck at the longest stop light in the country. Seriously, two minutes is a long time!
Usually I'm patient and things like this don't bother me, but I have my moments.
The following tips are dedicated to those of you who have your own moments.
Watch, Listen, and Feel: 7 Tips for Sensing Your Way to Serenity
The next time you're in a waiting situation that challenges your patience, try one of these tips that rely on your senses to adapt.
- Take a breath of air. Is it fresh? It it warm or cold? What else do you notice about it?
- If you are in a social situation, sense how closely people are standing to your right, left, and behind you — without turning to look.
- If you are at a traffic light, turn off your radio and crack open your window. Listen to what’s going on outside.
- Next time you're waiting for someone, pay attention to how hard the ground feels against the soles of your feet, or how comfortable your body feels sitting in the chair.
- Scan the environment around you. What shapes do you notice? How are they arranged?
- The next time you are in a meeting and waiting for your turn to talk, pay attention to the speed at which people are talking. Is it fast? Slow? Does the speed change?
- Notice how any light sources — sun, moon, fluorescent bulbs — are affecting the colors around you.
Share your thoughts below and help each other out!
- What do you have trouble waiting for?
- How can you use your senses to wait more consciously?
© 2015 Dr. Kristin Rose