Last weekend my husband and I spent a quiet and relaxing time on Cape Cod. We rented this large windowed home which overlooked the marsh area in Wellfleet. Although we were within a mile’s drive to the Route 6, it felt like we were tucked away from the world. Friday night, we were graced with the magic of fresh snow falling outside around us. As we nestled in for the night, each stretched out comfortably on opposite couches, we watched the light snow swirling around outside. The magic continued on Saturday morning when we bundled up despite the raw and windy day and headed to walk along the ocean side. No one else had braved the brisk weather. We headed South on the beach noticing some large headed seals peaking at us as they bobbed on the surface of the ocean. As the wind pushed us from behind, I noticed the unusual swirl of snow lift off the sand, become air bound and then disappear in ethereal wisps. The energy of this snow felt more than just snow. It had a presence of its own. Instead of trying to understand what was happening, I allowed myself to be in the experience. I felt held by a higher source as I realized our lives are like the wisps of snow. We are each here on earth and then when it is our time, our spirits soar. As this year draws to a close, is it time to lighten your grip on how you “should be” and instead allow yourself to simply be present to experience all of the wonder around you?
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.