The Gift Of Noticing:

by Carole Fogarty

“I’m here noticing.  The little things.  The steam as I sip my chai tea.  I’m feel more whole and full. It’s a beautiful thing!” Me, myself and I

I came across a word that in its written and spoken form looks unassuming and quite frankly plain.  Yet surprisingly, when I think or speak it with care, a whole new expanded awareness appears right before my very eyes.  It encourages me to pause.  Coaxes me to linger longer. To see the unseen.  Feel the subtle energies surrounding me. The word my friends is notice. It has the distinct feeling of being a complete sentence in itself. Notice.

It doesn’t tell you what to notice but without a doubt when you start focusing on it you do start noticing more.  You can’t help but slow down and pay closer attention. Quite effortlessly you start noticing things/sensations/connections which you normally may have otherwise missed.

The word notice recently grabbed the attention of my intuitive self when reading an article by Jesse Jacobs from the Samovar Tea Lounge. I felt an instant connection.

As the days passed I kept thinking of the word notice and came to appreciate that simply by holding this word in my thoughts my awareness expanded naturally. I automatically became more mindful and felt a deeper connection to myself and life. It’s a beautiful thing.

So now I’m sharing it with you.  Trusting that if it resonated with me it may well speak to you. Fingers crossed.  Below are a few ideas I’ve tossed around that you may care to notice more.

Notice the little things:

1.  Notice the steam wafting from your tea. It’s seductive and meditative.

2. Notice the breath of your children or partner. Rather than seeing them – notice the beat of their heart or sound of their breath.

3.  Notice if you keep thinking of a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Ring them.

4.  Notice the emotion you are cooking into your food. I happen to believe there’s more to the look, smell and nutrional value of a meal. Our meals also hold emotions.  A meal cooked with love without doubt tastes divinely better. So next time you are cooking a meal – notice your emotions.

5.  Notice the colour of your clothes. Notice with a slowness as you choose your clothes – are the colours you are reaching for, energetically what your body is needing today.

6. Notice how you move. I do this often.  Am I walking or sitting with comfort and ease?  Am I rushing my body carelessly, restricting my breath or am I mindfully breathing into my belly, willing to accept the here and now?

7.  Notice the next animal you see. Animals can be subtle messengers on your life’s journey.  Notice the butterfly, crow or owl and connect with the message they are sending you.

8. Notice the chatter inside your head. If you notice your thoughts you can change them – if you need too.

9.  Notice how you hold your body. Is your body open, relaxed and spacious or tight, closed and blocked.  I’ve said a million times before – lose the frown, part the lips, release the jaw and drop your shoulders.  Notice your body more often.

10.  Notice if you keep hearing about a book. There’s a good chance you need to read that book.

11.  Notice those feelings. Intuition is a powerful and very helpful force that arises usually in the pit of the stomach.  Take time to notice what your intuitive self is trying to tell you.

12.  Notice what’s around you. Notice what you are seeing, feeling and sensing – in this moment – right here and now – can be the most amazing gift of all.

13.  Notice the feather on the footpath: I learnt many years ago from a North American Indian Grandfather that when you find a feather on the foot path in front of you, it’s a sign you are on the right track.  Notice feathers.

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What I’m loving at the moment:

The Miracle of Mindfulness oozes gentleness.  When you hold it you feel gentle when you read it you feel gentle. Lots of lovely simple examples on how to be more mindful in the everyday doingness of life.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: - An introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh


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Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum August 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

I absolutely love this post Carole. I have been doing a lot of noticing lately! Slowing down and being in the moment brings me such a feeling of peace and joy. xxx

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Carole Fogarty August 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

Sonia, thrilled you loved this post. It was written really as a reminder for me. How often we miss by not noticing. Here’s to the art of noticing. Peace, love and chocolate Carole xxx

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Lauren August 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

HI Carloe, Sonia sent me over – fantastic post it really resonated with me. I love noticing the little things, and I agree they are all bringing messages to me, especially the animals!! I haven’t seen many lately but it’s probably because I am too busy and not noticing, thanks for the reminder! :)

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Umesh October 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Yet again , i thank you . small things go unnoticed in this fast paced life . This Sunday I read your ” The Gift Of Noticing”, its kind of cute and a small smile is the prize , things you see very day seem different when you notice them and not see them only….u deserve more than chocolate a TIGHT BEAR HUG is on the way.

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Carole Fogarty October 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

Gosh thank you Umesh. Loving your bear hug! Blessings to you.

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Umesh October 9, 2012 at 3:26 am

Carole ,

Suppose I would like sent a few pics to upload on your forum , is it possible or , I just email them to you and you do the hardest part :-)

Umesh

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Carole Fogarty October 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Umesh, you are welcome to email me: healthylivinglounge@gmail.com Thanks Carole

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Felicity January 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

I love this! It really is a statement in its own right. I didn’t realize how tight my jaw and shoulders were until I read your tips and loosened up. I will definitely take this message with me. Thank you.

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