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Catalyst Notes

More of the GOOD Stuff PART 1 - how a meadow helped me finish my race

Last Saturday it was #NationalMeadowsDay

Who knew?!

So it was a real delight to be at Park Run at Lake Windermere’s Fell Foot Park, where the route takes you through their Meadow. The flowers and grasses were high and wild, so the park rangers had recently mowed out our route. It was an absolute joy to run on the soft freshly cut grass in between the wild cornflowers, daisies, poppies (and others flowers and grasses that I do not have the specific knowledge to name!) 

My last Park Run was a month ago, thankyou Camberwell’s Burgess Park. Actually let’s be honest, my last Any Run was a month ago. So my expectations of myself were low for this event. The first half was tough and I found myself saying ‘I’m not going to make it’ and ‘I’m just going to stop half way’.

When I hit the meadow though, I found myself captivated by its beauty, and noticed a boost in my energy. I chose to stay present with the beauty of the meadow, and actively be thankful for the beauty of the meadow, rather than focussing on my tired legs/ entire body.

And I found myself completing the run 😊

I will write more about what I’ve learned about mindsets and results through running in a future Catalyst Notes.  

For today:

We know now from neuroscience that humans have a negativity bias. This helps us to survive and be efficient as humans. However this negativity bias also means that when we scan our day, or our week, or our month, we are more likely to remember the negative experiences.

We are likely to miss the good stuff.

Those small moments of joy, awe, mystery, excitement, humour are less easily imprinted on our brains and into our long term memories. 

Unless we are intentional about giving attention to the good stuff, it literally ‘slips our mind’. The research tells us that when we focus our attention for 12 seconds on something positive it drops into our long term memory. This is really good for our health and wellbeing – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

What does this mean? We need to savour the good stuff! 

Often with my clients we’re working on e-x-p-a-n-ding those small moments of positive emotion.

It’s a Power Practice I call Positive Emotion Dial-up and I thought I’d share the Practice with you here:

During your day:

Start tuning in to the micro- moments of your day. Start noticing those even really small moments when you feel pleasure (or excitement or awe or humour or any other positive emotion). Just notice that moment and e-x-pa-n-d it in your awareness. 

That means FEEL the emotion, relish it, and enjoy that moment to yourself.


Coaching prompts

·       What beauty can you notice today ? even for a moment?

·       Have a go at this Power Practice, try doing it every day for the next week, and I’d love to hear how you get on!


Extra resources:

Find my pics and inspiration on Instagram @instakatycatalyst and using hashtags #positiveemotiondialup #noticethegoodstuff #feelthegoodstuff

katy murray