Monday Moment: Double-sided


You’ve heard the saying that there are two sides to every coin, which of course, is true about way more than just coins. Depending on what’s up in your life lately, this quote may make you feel relieved, slightly panicked, or neither. They way something looks to you is entirely about your perspective, and the direction of your focus. Mindfulness trains us to both notice and gently guide our focus, while observing the responses that occur both within and outside of us as we move through life. It makes us more capable of realizing that what we experience has more to do with the lens through which we’re looking at it than with the thing itself. As Anaïs Nin reminded us many Mondays ago, no matter what we’re looking at, we’re always looking through ourselves first.

Have a lovely beginning to your week.

Photo credit: LoboStudio Hamburg

“No-Fail” Friday: In retrospect

Woman looking back_Frederic Frognier_Stocksnap

If you’ve been reading along, you know this week’s post about how to end something well was a natural progression from the prior week’s post about seeing your commitments through, and not mentally checking out of something before it’s really over. They were both about staying present when you know change is coming, so you don’t miss the never-to-be-seen-again moments of your life that transitions include. It’s nice to be able to check in when you realize you aren’t, which is a skill mindfulness helps to build. Sometimes, though, hindsight is 20-20, and we don’t realize what we’ve missed until it’s gone. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything that can be done about it, though, which provides the perfect space for this weekend’s mindfulness challengeRead More

All’s well

Baseball field in park_WIll Langenberg_Stocksnap

Last week, we talked about being (or not being) a “short-timer,” and checking out of a situation before it’s actually ended just because you know the end is near. The time does eventually come, though, for things to wrap up. If you’ve been mindfully patient and checked-in during your final few weeks in a job, an internship, an academic program, or anything for that matter, it can be tough to hang on to that mindset so that you can end well. But, how you manage the finish line itself is as important as how you manage the home stretch that got you there.  Read More