*8Things: The Art of Noticing, Feel Better

Train with Magpie Girl iconThe Art of Noticing series is about practicing presence in accessible, everyday ways. Tired of feeling like life is just whipping past you? Want to feel what you are feeling now, rather than having it sneak up on you later? Eager to find the sacred in your everyday? Join my mailing list to get info on The Art of Noticing: A Practice Group starting May 1st. Thank you for being here!

The Art of Noticing: What helps me feel better.


Yesterday I was turning the pages of my Moleskine calendar and was shocked to see how much the the year has already been scheduled in. “Time flies,” we say. And it does seem to speed by, to pass us in the blink of an eye.

 How can we experience — really experience — the life we are living? Does being present to our everyday help us recognize the sacred? Does paying attention  reduce our stress and fill us up? Can the The Art of Noticing give us what we need to save ourselves and others?

I think so.

Let’s start with *8Things. What *8Things help you feel stronger, healthier, better? Don’t make resolutions to do them every morning. Don’t create a plan. Not yet anyway. Just take a moment to ask you body/mind/spirit, “What help you feel better, friend?” I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours.

*8Things: Feel Better

1. I feel “cleaner” when I drink water.
2. Sun salutation or laps in the pool help me feel bright and alert.
3. I feel calmer if I make my bed and wash my bowl.
4. I am more loving towards my family, if I have some time to myself each day.
5. I feel super nutured if I read in the bathtub.
6. Clearing my desk clears my head.
7. Bare-bulb lighting nurtures my spirit.
8. I feel jolly when friends come to eat at my house.


*8Things iconWhat are *8Things you notice helping you feel better? We need your good ideas, because “there ain’t no place to go but together.” Grab a button and play along. If you put your list on your blog, give us the permalink (not your homepage address) in the Mr. Linky below. Thanks for playing!

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Liane Benedict February 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I have just recently discovered your website. I have been seeking others who inspire and live life fully. Thank you for this!

Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman February 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

Thanks for this list…I needed to be reminded of things that make me feel better … it really helped to actually write them down and look at them.

Rachelle Mee-Chapman February 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I’m popping over to your site to see your list now Tabitha. So nice to “see” you again!


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