A playful example of breaking through black-and-white perception.
Comment below and let me know where you experience, or would like to experience, a gradient in your life.
Developing one’s ability to notice when sensations or emotions are dialed down is a crucial skill to help with staying in flow, and regulating the nervous system within its window of tolerance.
Can I notice when this sensation is just-a-little-bit-less intense? As opposed to, “It’s here and that’s the way it is until it’s not here anymore.”
Here’s the quote from Alan Watts that I mentioned in the video:
“Don’t let yourself, or your ears, be offended by improper or unscheduled sounds.
If, for example, the record is scratchy—okay!
You wouldn’t object to it if you were listening to it sitting by a fire, crackling logs.
Simply close your eyes, and allow your ears to hear all sounds around you.
Don’t try to name or identify these sounds.
Just hear them as you would listen to music.
As when you hear a flute or a guitar.
Don’t worry about what it means.
Your brain will take care of that by itself.
Just let your eardrums respond as they will, to all vibrations now in the air.”
I first heard this quote in the Ott song “One Day I Wish To Have This Kind Of Time.”