The truth about swivel chairs.
You know all those severe, haughty looking business men in their intimidating black swivel chairs, steepling their fingers. The ones who can barely deign to look down upon mere mortals who weren't born into a position of entitlement and privilege. You know the ones, the media barons, the mining magnates, the arms manufacturers ...
The truth is that when there's no one in the room they act up just like the rest of us when we think no one's watching! Unlike the teacher mentioned below, they just haven't been caught ... yet!
Their black leather covered, official looking, high backed, swivel chairs are really the corporate excuse for a trip down fantasy lane and into the realms of childhood!! But they probably won't admit it ;-)
While on the subject of fantasy, aren't these playgrounds superb! (yes, I can see they're not covered in umpteen centimetres of soft material for the children to fall on, perhaps German children don't whinge if they fall and their parents expect them to hang on tight.) They're in Friedrichshafen Germany, the city which is home to the arty, interesting, wonder inducing Zeppelin Museum.
A kiddy sized zeppelin complete with lookout, steampunkish wheeled swan/boat, and slide; and while I was tempted to shoo the kids away and have a play, I put on my grown up face and took photos instead, secretly imagining I was in the lookout, flying over the town.
Speaking of flying, sometimes you can be really lucky. I could hear a low droning, humming sound coming from over the lake, and overhead, pushing through the clouds was ...
This is just one tiny section which has been reconstructed so you can climb up,
intricate criss crossed beams (?)
This is a different kind of fantasy and shows the result of a productive, creative imagination (and impressive engineering).
Without comment or criticism, notice what your thoughts are doing. Notice what you can hear, see, touch, taste and smell.
Feel the weight of your bottom on your wheely chair.
Put aside the serious you for a moment.
Give your hips an experimental wiggle.
Feel your muscles stretch and tauten as you twist back and forth.
Feel the fabric of your clothing as it pulls against your body and the way your lungs expand with the anticipation of action.
Place your feet against the floor and feel the pressure of your feet as they push against the floor.
Notice how your face forms a goofy kind of smile, a little embarrassed (was anyone watching?) but oh, so satisfied!
Note the physical sensation of slight, but pleasant dizziness. There was possibly also a sense of exhilaration, of daring to do something different and perhaps a bit naughty? What would people say!?
Make room for your thoughts and feelings; allow them to flow through you. If your inner critic is wagging it's derogatory finger, observe it without buying into the "shoulds" and "oughts" for a moment.
Breathe, have a little shake and relax.
Reconnect with your values and choose a course of action.
And notice ... the desire to do it again ;-)
You bet. But it's also ...
Mindfulness in action!