I know I shouldn’t have done it but I did. I couldn’t help myself.
I set the kitchen timer to 20 minutes, pressed the button, and then got into my embrace the tree posture. I checked my posture and then settled in for the duration.
As the minutes started ticking away I glanced at the digital read out on the kitchen timer and there was 11 minutes to go. What a dumb thing to do because those remaining 11 minutes felt like hours. And the reason why it felt that way was because I was now aware of how much time was left.
What I should have done, and as I usually do, was to place the kitchen timer where I can’t see the read out, relax into position and wait until the alarm sounds. When I do this the time goes much quicker.
It really is a mind game and my monkey brain tends to chatter, ‘give up, that’s enough, too hard’ when I’m aware of the time left. So I make sure I can’t see the kitchen timer read out or any other clock in the room.
Because when it comes to stance work, ‘ignorance is bliss’.