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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

Two pairs of sneaker morning

Each morning, my husband and I head to the local golf course to let our 11.5 year old golden doodle, Oscar, enjoy the freedom of exploring the open terrain. As a puppy, he would bound out of the car, eager to sniff his way through the morning dew. It has been such a delight to watch him trot along the edges of the course, making sure not to miss something of dog importance. Recently, our beloved pooch has really begun to show his age. No longer able to jump into our vehicles, my husband purchased a ramp to help make Oscar’s entrance into our truck easier.  So today, I decided to bring a second pair of sneakers with me. I was planning on walking the course with my husband and Oscar, then putting on dry sneakers and socks to continue a longer walk around the neighborhood. Oscar got into the truck with a bit of coaxing but refused to walk onto the golf course for his morning saunter. My heart sank as I gazed into his sad brown eyes. He is really at a new juncture of his precious life. My second pair of sneakers weren’t needed since my feet remained dry, but I sure needed that walk around the neighborhood. I allowed the tears to flow, to feel the pain of my beloved dog’s decline. As I continued to walk, I was aware of the calmness around me. The morning fog danced on the surface of the lake as the sun began its ascent into the blue sky. I felt held and comforted by Mother Nature. It was such an important reminder that although we cannot control the ebb and flow of life, there is always a steadiness of life to hold on to. I am posting a picture of the lake on our Mindful Moments. This scene gave me such comfort and even brought a smile to my face.