We New Englanders are a hardy bunch! As the sun finally arrived yesterday afternoon after over a week of damp and dreary weather, we all had a sigh of relief. Our surroundings can so impact the quality of our lives. Even though we may be known as stoic and persevering, even the hardiest among us can get water-logged and overcome by what is happening around us. My mindful self-compassion practice was a life saver this past week. When I faced another day of running in between raindrops, my self compassion break became a steady companion to comfort and remind me I wasn’t the only one who had had it with all that rain. As the sun shines brightly this week, we can appreciate the rain and enjoy the wonder of all the flowers, bushes and trees bursting to life in their brilliant colors.
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.