The starkness of winter surrounds us. Though we haven’t had much snow , it is still winter. The trees are barren of leaves and soon the bears will find their hibernation spot for this season. As I hiked around the back trails of the West Hartford reservoir last weekend, I took in the beauty of the bare trees reaching skyward. How can we open ourselves to enter the more quiet, reflective world that this time of year brings? Now that the hustle of the holidays is past, take this opportunity to slow down and spend more time in meditation.
Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past.
We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network.
There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.