Micro Adjustments, The Twentieth Week in the Second Year of the New Abnormal
I just heard about micro adjustments. I’d never heard the phrase or the concept before. It was introduced as a mindfulness practice to adjust our perspective from getting lost in our thoughts, or external circumstances, to coming back to the present moment. It connotes adjusting our consciousness from distraction to mindful awareness. This may not be a new concept, but it’s new to me.
I love the idea of micro adjustments. They are slight but meaningful. I plan on implementing micro adjustments when listening, or writing, or simply when walking and viewing the city. When I catch myself drifting away lost in a thought loop I can micro adjust to enjoy the moment again.
I tried it this rainy morning while baking banana bread. I was half-way through the recipe when I started looking through the cabinets wondering how many spices and various ingredients I was never going to use. Too many, that’s how many. So, I started to get the foot ladder to make room on the top shelves. Then I caught myself sidetracked, again. I stepped down from the ladder, turned around, and then continued mixing the dry ingredients into the wet batter.
It felt so good to go back to my original activity. I completed the mixing, the pouring into the pan, and the clean-up before returning to the cabinets. It’s a quotidian moment, home tasks, easily diverted, then going back to start over again. I’m easily distracted. Having a phrase that quantifies that instant when the shift takes place bringing me back to the present is terrific. Micro adjustments are my new favorite contextual idiom.
- The next time you find yourself readjusting to the present moment, remember you just performed a micro adjustment. Acknowledge yourself.
- Name something you know you do well. Smile, and take a moment to appreciate your gift.
- Look in your cabinets, refrigerator or pantry and get rid of anything beyond expired, or anything you have that you privately know you’ll never use. Then enjoy the space created.