Ask Dr. Druid . Day 6 . Naming Game

Ask Dr. Druid . Day 6 

Naming Game

This piece will grok better for you if you read it
with your mouth as if out loud.
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   Now that we’ve fortified you by sending off your often querulous and carping Inner Perfectionist for some Fiji & grog R&R, we’ll declare that you will have enough self-humor to take on the Naming Game. I love this Naming Game at which I still always abysmally fail. It’s endlessly intriguing, challenging, humbling, and thrilling.

   Wherever you are sitting, standing, or lying … on a park bench, in your own bed or living room – anywhere at all – close your eyes. With closed eyes, start at your far left and name each thing you see across from you and up and down until you come all the way round to the right and behind you back to where you started.

   Now open your eyes and deliberately check how you did. Self-humor is one of the great gifts of this exercise. However puffed-up you have been about your powers of perception, you’ll have been appallingly bad at this exercise. Hurray! This gives you a benchmark to build upon and a portable practice you can engage with for moments or minutes or hours anytime, anywhere.

   You get much better at the Naming Game as your attentionability strengthens and deepens.

   I like to look at a scene or an object, take a snapshot, shut my eyes or gaze away and Name Game that snapshot. This will be a very handy trick for remembering your rem-dreams when we get to those soon.

   Be of untarnishable cheer. By day 66, you’ll have so many dear circus tricks and gifts of attention that you’ll be quite a confident traveler in the immediately parallel cosmos of Perception which will fascinate you forever.



   This Game was sprung upon me when I was about 27. I was the first female faculty member at a stuffy English-style boys’ boarding school in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Connecticut. I did drama and English. At the beginning of the year, I went to a nearby girls’ boarding school to talk to their drama teacher about sharing girls and boys back and forth for various plays that year. The drama teacher was twice my age, venerable and sharp. We’d been talking for 15 minutes when she said, “Close your eyes.”Then she asked, “What am I wearing?” Heavens to Murgatroyd! I said something like “Gray tweed suit. Single string of pearls. Brooch on your left lapel. Light blue blouse with white buttons. Black shoes with silver buckles. A watch on your right wrist. A bracelet on your left wrist. A wedding ring.” She said, “Fine. You’ll do.”

     She meant that I had a baseline of unconscious attention that would serve me well as a director of plays.

   It was shocking of course to be put on the spot so unexpectedly. It wasn’t til years later that I realized that this tactic would make a heck of a Game to practice and refine attention.


Ask Dr. Druid, 66 Days from Lead to Gold, Secrets of  Alchemy You Can Use, a druid shaman’s playbook .. Intro; Prologue; Day 1; Days 2 & 3; Day 4; Day 5; Day 6; Day 7; Day 8; Day 9; Day 10; Day 11; Day 12; Day 13; Day 14; day 15 Review 2; Day 16; Day 17; Day 18; Day 19; Day 20; Day 21; Day 22; Day 23; Day 24; Day 25; Day 26; Day 27; Day 28; Day 29;


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5 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Druid . Day 6 . Naming Game

  1. Hey temps,
    As we go along with 88 Days, you'll see that if we began to teach How to Notice to kids when they are very little, they would be agog for their whole full, cornucopic lives. Being alert leads to being agog.
    I'm convinced that the agog don't blow up little kids et al and call them collateral damage, but I'll harangue about that down the line too.

  2. I like the idea of 'attentionability' and am grateful for specific ways to hone this gift we all have but often let languish in the hum of habit and the rush of the rush.

  3. cool game Mr. Pogblog, just a question. Can I name the things anything I want or do I have to get the objects by their common names?

  4. iotas, When I learned that we only use 10% of our brain (Sam Morse & Bertie Einstein maybe 12%), I thought Gosh, Gee Whiz, just think of all the continents of fun in consciousness there are left to discover, oh frabjous joy.
    cl, absolutely — naming things your own idiosyncratic names would be excellent in terms of See Here Now. As you surmise, it isn't the Names, but the synching the inner & outer movies so your experience is full not partial. (Calling it Grokking Game would be more accurate, but the rhyme makes Naming Game easier to rem-ember.)
    A key of Naming Game is the immediate feedback.

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