The graphic above illustrates that SENSITIVITY takes place primarily
in the RIGHT-BACK region of the cerebral cortex. The cortex is the thinking
part of the brain. The RIGHT side associates images by feel, which gives
personal significance to memories. So thinking on the right side is
nonverbal, instinctive and subjective. The BACK part of the right brain
creates imagessights, sounds, and body sensationsand remembers
SENSITIVITY mindframe engages the senses: what you can see, hear, smell,
taste and touch. When dining at a restaurant, you take the time to savor
the whole experience. What herbs and spices are in the sauce? How well
does the beverage go with the main course? Does the restaurant have
a pleasing atmosphere? What people are sitting at the other tables?
What does their food look like?
is the mindframe of awareness. It enables you to:
Pay attentionsee what there is to see, hear what there is to
your mind focused in the present moment
quickly and without thinking to something you sense
small personal details about people
delightful experiences and how you felt
"creature comforts" such as good food and good music
what's attractive and colorful in your surroundings
in touch with how you feel at any given moment
motivated by a strong desire to do something
sympathy and consideration for people's feelings
compassionate for people in distress
affection for someone close to you
living thingschildren, animals, plants
harmony in relationships
problems by trial and error
entries in a personal journal
is your ability to be aware of something without defining it or analyzing
it. At the orchid festival in the mall, you examine the patterns on
the petals. Each variety triggers a reaction of delight. You notice
the earrings your friend is wearing. Your attention shifts when the
light coming through the skylight changes. Later, in the parking lot,
the smell of the air reminds you of rain. On the way home, you sense
dangerthe car in front of you is too close to the centerline.
You slow down. At home, you pet your cat. He licks your hand and you
feel the bond of affection. Lying in bed at night, you hear the tree
frogs and crickets as separate sounds.
using the SENSITIVITY mindframe, you're focused on what's in the here
and now. Outdoors, how the breeze feels on your face is more interesting
than its speed and direction. Imagine that you're at a lake with a friend,
and a hawk lands in a tree just twenty feet away. A few seconds later,
a smaller, scruffy hawk lands next to it. Somehow, you can tell that
the second hawk is the young of the first hawk. Suddenly, they both
fly away. "Wow," you say. You've never seen a first-year hawk
before. But your friend had his earphones on and missed the whole event.
also includes being aware of how you feelyour gut-level reactions.
Feelings such as comfort, joy, wonder, delight, pleasure and excitement
are the positive reactions you feel when you get what you want, when
you experience something beneficial. On the other hand, not everything
in life is fun, so you also experience the full of range of negative
feelings. How do you react when an unexpected problem arises? When something
you value is damaged or lost? When you believe you're in danger? When
you're sick or injured?
using the SENSITIVITY mindframe, you're likely to be perceptive, curious,
attentive, alive, agreeable, affectionate, sympathetic and nurturing.
These attributes are especially useful in professions such as nursing,
customer service, child care, beauty care, craft work, home or office
decoration, housekeeping, food preparation, farming, landscapingany
work that involves a lot of detailed hands-on activities.
is the instinctive part of your mind at work. To what degree do you
employ SENSITIVITY each day? Is it one of your primary patterns?
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