Today was our final session for my mindfulness course and we closed with an interesting exercise called the Mindful Egg Game! As is so often the case a simple activity proved to be so much more than it initially appeared to be.
We were grouped around a table for this exercise and each given an egg. The challenge was to balance the egg upright upon one end- I assure any doubting Thomas’ that it can indeed be done! We all focused, concentrating fiercely, supporting the egg upright delicately between our fingertips as we searched minutely for the “perfect” spot to balance our eggs. At that moment we were perfectly in the moment, focused utterly upon the task in hand, letting go of judgement and prejudice that it was impossible (particularly after the first person achieved an upright egg!!). Of course the purpose behind the exercise was to teach and illustrate a valuable point, how our prejudices and judgements can limit what we believe to be possible, how well we can apply our attention to a task in hand when we choose to do so, how very distracting any distraction can be for us in any and all areas. It was such a simple, yet highly effective, symbolic, educational exercise.
I believe I shall reuse this to remind myself from time to time of the importance and simplicity of focused attention in the moment.