A Thought on Noticing

If you are noticing how often you are in alarm mode this week – don’t be alarmed. Alarm mode can show up so darn easily in our daily life. However, just noticing is a moment of mindfulness, so congratulations!

Mindfulness is noticing with a welcoming, accepting, non-judgmental approach. As if a friend came to your door in a bad mood.  You would welcome her. You might say “come in, sit, have some tea.  Its o.k.”  Mindfulness is being that same way with whatever is happening inside.

Acceptance is not saying – well I am feeling this way so I will just settle in and make a permanent home here. Rather, it lets us become more familiar with this state. Only when we know what this mode really feels like can we then make a choice to move out of it in a healthy way. When alarm mode is there, it sometimes helps to start by saying to it “thank you for trying to keep me safe”.  This is the first step that we continue to come back to in this lifelong practice, so be gentle with yourself.

This poem creates an image that helps me welcome it all and stay mindful.

Create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize it and greet it.   Clearing by Martha Postlewaite

2 thoughts on “A Thought on Noticing

  1. Alarm mode – The idea that “just noticing” is a step in the right direction is very encouraging. I need to notice more. Thank you for that thought. I am noticing this angst in my belly – which is due to how much I feel needs to get done over the next week. Alarm bells going off as there’s much I would like to do – would rather do, yet much I have to do. But – I am also noticing how the wind is moving the clouds very swiftly along this morning. Also noticing how much more clearly I can see today, compared to yesterday’s foggy blanket of air. I’m noticing how happily my cat is cleaning the mud off her paws! And I’m noticing how good the coffee pot is smelling. Found a good quote that I’m leaning on this week: faith – it does not make things easy, it makes them possible (based on Luke 1:37).


    • Thank you for sharing the beauty of noticing it all – the angst of alarm mode and the constant beauty of life right at the tip of our senses. The quote is a lovely example of a resource, something that brings us back home and into balance when the alarm mode sounds. I am noticing much gratitude for your comment 🙂


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