I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed the last few days of amazing sunshine!! What a gift after the bitter cold and the seemingly endless days of grey and wet. We all know that February is a wild card and often brings another cold event. Still, these moments of bright, warm light are such a boost to the system.
The beginning of the month always brings an opportunity for reflection as well as intention setting. When I sat down to ponder, here’s what came up for me when I thought about February.
As children, we may remember getting our box of valentines cards and filling them out for our classmates. We made little boxes or bags to receive these little missives of kindness. I recall my teacher encouraging us to give to everyone as the love we shared was in friendship. Wouldn’t that be so great now?
Happy New Year!!
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and if it was a rough one, may the new year bring healing and peace to you.
Right now is often a time for reflection on the experiences and lessons learned from 2023 and also a time for dreaming and setting intentions for 2024. We spend a bit of time in the past and also in the future. Once we have completed these activities, I’d like to propose a way of being present that can be transformational.
I hope you all had a lovely November filled with the essence of fall. The cooler temperatures, the leaves changing from green to gold, the opportunity for good food and perhaps even a few meet ups with family and friends. December may bring the same plus more.
Sometimes, this time of year is like being in the middle of a race. We are half way there and need to pace ourselves or we will run out of energy. Maybe you are the energizer bunny and have no idea what I am talking about but for many of us, this is when we need our practice more than ever.
I hope this email finds you nice and cozy as we experience our first dose of cold weather.
It’s been a perfect day to turn on the oven to make some pumpkin apple cookies. The smell in my house is delicious and brings a smile to my face as I recall the smells of the holidays.
Isn’t it funny how our senses can connect us to a memory? As we move in to the next two months, we may find ourselves in a sensory wonderland. Sights, sounds, tastes, feels and especially smells may take us to a place in our minds that brings smiles to our faces or maybe a frown or even a tear to our eyes. We may notice our moods even shift.
Welcome to fall! I know most of us would like 60-70 degrees but we will gladly take 80-90 degrees. Isn’t it interesting how our perspective and appreciation shifts. It’s all relative, isn’t it?
As we move in to this season, I am getting better at caching my wonky feelings that come with this time of the year. To me, the best part of mindfulness and awareness is the moment of notice. That, “OOOOOHHH, that’s where I am” moment.
I am getting better at riding it out and a little less stuck in it. It’s still not fun but at least I know what’s going on and can let go a little so I may enjoy all the other beautiful parts of this season.
Why do I share this??
I am a student and teacher of Mindfulness. Here you will find my monthly newsletters. They are short missives with some thoughts and ideas to help us live purposeful and happy lives. Thanks for reading.