Everyday Tactical Composure & Mindful Attention

Consider these everyday opportunities to practice Tactical Composure and Mindful Attention:

  • Practice paying attention on purpose, without reacting or making judgements.
  • Just observing how your body feels across the day.
  • Observe how you breathe.
  • Listening fully and intently to others speak.
  • Discreetly and selectively relaxing muscles and deep breathing in group settings.
  • Noticing your habits of mind and habits on action at home and at work.
  • Paying detailed attention to your inner experience as you go about everyday tasks (eg walking, washing dishes, eating etc).
  • Notice any urges arising and how you can inhibit responding to those urges with deliberate thought and action.
  • Activate your conscious mind by asking one of those great questions, like “what am I doing now and for what purpose” or “Where do I want my attention to be focused right now”.
  • Just being your own best friend when things don’t go your way (tuning on the empathy and self-compassion when you notice unhelpful self-criticism).
  • Practicing patience and perhaps slowing down ever-so-slightly.
  • Acknowledging the good things, and savouring them.

Over time, you’re likely to cultivate some aspects of discernment, including:

  • Being aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.
  • Seeing things (and people) for how they really are now, rather than how we’d wish them be.
  • Accepting reality (versus struggling with it) in order to re-focus on wise action.
  • Understanding what might need to happen now, in order to better serve us, others, and the situation.
  • Clarity and composure of our inner world, in order to respond to, and influence, the outer world, within reasonable limits.