We all do a lot of waiting. We wait in lines, on the phone, in the doctor’s office, and sitting in traffic. Take for example, waiting in a grocery store line. Watch the different people and what they are doing. Is the clerk tired, irritated, happy, or quiet? Do they get you through the line quickly or slowly? How are the people around? Are they happy, bored, or irritated? Is the store busy or quiet? What can you hear? Can you hear talking, the sound of the register, or different machines? Is it hot, comfortable, or cold? Are you tired or alert? Feel your feet moving on the floor. Feel your clothes moving as you move. Smell the different smells.
Go through the five senses and see what you can be aware of. What can you see? What can you hear? What can you feel? What can you smell? What can you taste? If your busy mind takes over, be aware, and come back to focusing on your senses. It may sound boring to pay attention to your senses but it can develop into a pleasant experience. Instead of being rushed, frustrated, and stressed, you can actually start to enjoy waiting and be more relaxed and in the moment.
Working with awareness can be done with simple tasks, such as walking, taking a shower, sitting in a chair, or cooking. All you need to do is focus on your senses, know when your mind wanders, and bring your attention back to your senses. What we normally think of as boring and everyday will become interesting and enjoyable and, best of all, relaxing.