We've just started a game here at the farm that we'd like to share with
everyone. Somewhere along the trail from the barn to the house someone places a
mark, object, track, something that wasn't there before, something out of place,
that can be seen going up or down the trail. As long as it can be plainly seen
from the trail, it could be anywhere, on the ground, in the tree tops, in a
bush, even something far off the trail as long as it can be easily seen.
We take turns placing the mark or whatever.
What's obvious to some, may not be to others, so keep in mind the awareness
level of all who are involved. The object is to help each other's awareness
grow, not to do something that will be hidden for a long time.
Something else we're doing which would be good for people who find they have
to spend more time indoors, is to get a wide variety of objects such as a
feather, toy mouse, toy frog, rock, etc., and keep them in a box. Whoever's turn
it is selects an object and puts it somewhere in plain view in areas of the barn
frequented by everyone.
The reason for a wide variety of things is that you don't want to be looking
for a specific thing each time, which would make you single-minded and inhibit
awareness. To know something is out there but not what it is keeps you more
Hide the objects in a place that is very familiar to you -- your backyard,
office, bedroom, etc. You'll be amazed at how fast these places lose their
familiarity, and you'll be surprised at how many things you hadn't noticed
before in an area you thought you knew. All good medicine!