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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

March 13, 2018

 

Why I Wake Early

by Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.

Hello, you who make the morning

and spread it over the fields

and into the faces of the tulips

and the nodding morning glories,

and into the windows of, even, the

miserable and crotchety–

best preacher that ever was,

dear star, that just happens

to be where you are in the universe

to keep us from ever-darkness,

to ease us with warm touching,

to hold us in the great hands of light–

good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day

in happiness, in kindness.

 

I love this poem. It speaks of Spring time, of the ever turning order of things; the sun, the moon, the flowers opening into the new day’s light. As I walked the nearby golf course with my dog, Oscar, I marveled at the two crows perched high in the pine trees as they chattered back and forth to one another. How I would have loved to understand their communication with each other…. 

The crunch of the snow under my feet, the rich, loamy smell of wet earth peaking from the bare spots, it all felt so alive in the melting, thawing and changing terrain. Even though tomorrow’s forecast threatens more snow, I could truly sense the new season about to unfold. 

What do you wake to in your day ahead? Is it to claim quiet time to meditate, perhaps to savor your first sips of hot coffee or tea? Whatever your practice is, can you allow the new day to greet you with a fresh hello? As you open your senses to each new day, let the energy of kindness encircle you. Notice how bringing this to the forefront sets a positive tone for the day ahead….