Monday Moment: Unforeseen events

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Over the weekend, the seasons shifted. Depending on where you are, it either officially became Fall or Spring. Equinoxes are transitions in and of themselves, but as opposed to solstices (Winter and Summer), they take us into seasons of change as well. So, basically, if nature were an airport, you just stepped onto the moving walkway.

Wherever you live and whatever the season, you can’t escape change. You can resist it, yes, but it’s coming for you regardless, and it doesn’t require an invitation. Mindfulness helps you first accept this reality, and then, it gives you the presence to go with the flow. You never know where it may be taking you, and it chances are, it’s worth the trip.

Photo credit: Helena Lopes


Monday Moment: Home base

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of my mindfulness practice in my life. I spend a lot of time on the move – around town, to different towns, and when I’m lucky, around the world. It may sound exciting, to always be changing venues, and it definitely can be. But, over time, it can just as easily overload your circuits and wear you out.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is an incredible experience, but we need to balance those experiences with moments that bring us back to center, so we can then venture back out.

But, as the famous title implies, wherever I go, there I am. Well, there mindfulness is, and in turn, myself. Finding my breath and turning my focus inward, for even a few minutes, is a reset button in the midst of any experience. It’s like going home, only to realize I never really left.

In other words, it isn’t as much about where you are as it is about what, or whom, you find there. To be at home in the world is to be at home with yourself first.


Monday Moment: Lifelong learning

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In this season of “back to school” and new beginnings of many kinds, we start our week with an ode to living life to the fullest. Although the two sides of this quote imply opposite outcomes, they’re really perfectly in sync with the notion that the present moment is something to be soaked up, wrung out and delighted in.

Mondays sometimes feel rough, but then, think of all the potential-filled moments today holds for things that make you smile, laugh, and even forget what day it is. They are days to be gotten through, or days to be truly lived through. The choice is yours to make, mindfully.