With Summer waning so quickly my thoughts turn to the crispness of Fall with positive valence for now, while still wishing that Summer could last.
Do you ever notice how, at times, the very same thought or image can cause very different feelings in the body and the heart ?
This is important to observe if we are practicing mindfulness. Noticing the valence or the ‘feeling tone’ of a moment can give us valuable information as to our moods. The practice of noting the tone: positive, negative or neutral will direct our minds to how we are approaching the day.
It becomes possible then, when noting a negative tone, to check in and see if the mood is driving the interpretation of the moment, and then to, perhaps, shift and change our focus…OR to dive deeper inside to see if there is something that needs our attention.
Checking in with the head, heart and body, periodically, throughout the day, is always a valuable practice. It enables us to see if we are on auto-pilot. It enables us to take a mindful pulse and to explore what is present with friendly curiosity.
Just a reminder. Mindfulness is not mindfulness with out this warm friendly attitude embedded in the practices. it is essential to treat ourselves as we would treat a dear friend, a key element of Mindful Self Compassion.
So, dear ones. Take heart. Be here now. Breathe into your moments. Practice daily and throughout your days and nights. Then you can open to the richness of your lives. You can thrive and even soar. You can welcome your sadness, your anger, your joy and greet them with curiosity and hold all that your life contains with equanimity and balance.
This being human is a guest-house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you
out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.