On a call last week, a colleague gave me a prompt for interrogating ideas and objects that catch my attention. He suggested that I should ask myself why it was that the idea or object entered my consciousness now. I should query: Why this now?
For example, he said, there are many physical items around me. Why is it that now my focus has shifted to one in particular?
I’ve been contemplating what this new awareness means in my life. I have always loved the proverb that says, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. It seems to be apropos in this context. Somehow, when I am ready to engage or I need to be aware of something around me, I notice it.
It’s a kind of mindfulness practice that I want to engage with more.