We love mysteries.
We enjoy using our minds to gather clues and solve problems of all kinds. Whether it's latest crime show on television, a news story, your company's top-secret product launch, or where you left your glasses, you are captivated by questions that have significance for you.
In fact, we can learn a great deal by becoming mindful of types of mysteries that fire up our brains. By using multiple intelligences theory as a framework, we can create greater awareness of areas that naturally appeal to us as playgrounds for mindfulness.
For example, if you find that you are frequently intrigued by dramas--gossip, soap operas, office politics, novels, or shows like "Survivor" or "The Bachelor"--pay attention to that. What it tells you is that you have a natural inclination to flex your interpersonal intelligence, or "people" smarts.
You seek clues to help you understand and anticipate motives, reactions, and choices of others. You have an ability to see personality traits clearly and recognize behavior patterns, and you apply this knowledge to new situations and characters.
All world is a stage to you, and you are fascinated by players and plots.
If you enjoy observing dramas, you might as well use them as triggers for mindfulness, right? So, for example, you could select a particular cue to notice and heighten your awareness of when, how, and why it appears.
If you choose a gesture like someone putting their hand on their forehead, you could use this as your secret prompt to pay attention to what follows immediately AFTER that. An exclamation of exhaustion? A self-critical statement? A swear word?
You can do this during your conversations with others, but it's also easy to do when you are watching people in any setting--at a party, in a movie, on television.