It seems that many people I have connected to in the last two weeks has been feeling a bit whelmed and thrown off track due to the transition the ending of summer brings. A new school year, a season about to change - all of these things can make anyone feel just a bit unhinged. I have felt a lack of groundedness at times-jumping from endeavor to the next. Being busy and purposeful is wonderful - but so is being in the present moment.
As I sit and reflect on the summer months, I think back to the week in June I spent at OMEGA Institute for my child and adolescent yoga and mindfulness training with Little Flower Yoga. That experience in itself is worthy of a separate entry at a later time. Apart from being a fantastic week of intensive training, the gift I gave myself was the opportunity to be surrounded by nature. The beautiful, lively, pure, sweet and healing power that reminds us of the wonder that surrounds us. I remember how different my body felt; a simpler and enriched state of mind. As the week progressed, I slowly began to give myself the space to feel; experiencing moments instead of just filling them with things to do.
My week at OMEGA has ended (until next time) but the gifts of that experience have stayed with me. I know I am able to access those experiences again, no matter where I am in the world. Bare feet in the cool grass on a warm day. The movement of the leaves on the tree outside my window during a rainy night. The sounds of my cat's rumbling purr as he sleeps beside me. The passing of a changing cloud. The pace of my changing breath during a morning stretch. Paying attention to all these moments in nature provides us with the silence that creates space enough to be present. I recognize these moments as opportunities to BE. Just be.
What are your opportunities? What moments in your life create the space you need to develop or regain a sense of grounding and stillness?
"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes." -Thich Nhat Hanh
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