I have a due date rapidly approaching. It feels as though it's zooming towards my face at an accelerated pace. It's mighty uncomfortable.
My assignment is one that's well outside my comfort zone: A film script sample. I'm no script writer, let me be clear. Yet, it's what I have to do to satisfy my current Masters subject. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying the process. It's just that I'm feeling a lot of pressure. This little fishy is flapping on the bank.
Over the weekend, I worked on my assignment in a big way. I wanted to fix all the bits I thought were 'wrong' and make them 'right'. I tapped at the keys, then sat back rather satisfied. I actually thought I'd done a pretty good job. Then I got some feedback from my tutor, and my heart sank.
So, what did I do? Well, I catastrophised of course, at least briefly. I bemoaned the inevitable poor grade I would receive, hung my head in embarrassed shame.
Then I shook myself off. It is only one assignment after all. It's hardly the end of the world. Still ... I want to do well, I really do.
I have one week until the due date. I need to stay mindful to stay sane.
So this week I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to invert every day. "What?" you ask! I'm going upside down every single day. It might be downward facing dog, lying with my legs up the wall, doing a shoulderstand or a headstand - anything that changes my perspective ... tips it on its head, if you will.
Why? Because going upside down offers an opportunity to look at things differently. It gives us fresh eyes to take in what's there. As we view the world every day, we become complacent. We see what we 'know' is there instead of taking it in and observing it like it's brand new.
As I take my head down lower than my heart, I'm going to soak in what's there. I will be mindful using all of my senses.
And, with any luck, this little mindfulness 'challenge' will keep my creativity flowing, my anxiety in check, and give my body a well-deserved break from typing and toddler-carrying duties.