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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.

Angela Mazur

MOTHER NATURE DAZZLES

On my morning commute, the scenery dazzled as one ice- covered tree branch after another bent towards my car as if to welcome me along my way to work. I never tire of the beauty Mother Nature provides. Instead of being bummed out about the icy driveway and sides of the roads, I instead focused on being in the center of such a magical wonderland. I realize that my return ride home will be a different story. The strength of the sun will surely melt most of the ice coating the trees, bushes and shrubs. 

So this is how my day began. It continued to offer priceless moments. As I met with my first psychotherapy client, I had just begun to teach him about the Two wolf story when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this massive bird fly over the river. We both jumped out of our seats to witness an eagle soaring towards the South. It glided over the river with its massive wing span stretched out to full capacity. Wow, what a special sighting indeed!  I believe in coincidences and having an eagle appear just as I am about to share this sacred Cherokee story gave me goosebumps. For those of you not familiar with this story, I want to share it with you.

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. 

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.”

“One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego.”

“The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

“This same fight is going on inside you— and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, 

“Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Living in the present moment creates  the potential for such wonderful surprises. May you be open to the magic around you.