Monday Moment: Crest, fallen

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A little more inspiration from summer before it finds its way out…simply, put, it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to it. Control what you can, which usually means yourself, and not much more than that. It’s easy to forget that, though, and to believe that our thoughts and emotions are in charge of themselves. They’re going to pop up – yes – but when they do, your choice is the same as when something happens outside of you. Engage and give it power, or don’t. See it, and believe it or don’t. Surf, or get swept up. That’s the part that’s always up to you, and with each wave, you have the ability to choose again.

Photo credit: Laura Connesson

Monday Moment: See the light

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Sometimes people think of mindfulness as being about letting go of things. Let go of anger and frustration, of ego and self-judgment, of all your thoughts entirely. I mean, go ahead and give that a shot, but speaking as a human being, I think you might find yourself, well…frustrated and angered by the attempt. Not only is getting “over it” a lot harder than you might expect, clearing your mind completely is impossible. That’s not your job here. The idea is to see what’s there – what’s going on within you – and to account for it without responding to it, unless and until you want to.

But stuff’s gonna go on. That’s the difference between you and a robot, although honestly, even the robot’s got a lot going on.

One of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s well-known quotes is, “It is not a matter of letting go. You would if you could. Instead of ‘Let it go,’ we should probably say ‘Let it be.'” Learn to observe, and you will find that there is always a sliver of light – and sometimes a lot more than that – no matter how difficult things may seem, or how painful that Monday alarm clock. It is what it is. Let it be, and keep going.

Photo credit: Abby Kihano

“No-Fail” Friday: Looking ahead


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Even though our topic on Wednesday was about not getting lost in thoughts of the future all the time, it’s ok to admit the truth. I know you’ve had your mind on the weekend for a while now.  Well, at last, it’s here! The future you wished was the present is now exactly that. So, you officially have no excuse for not checking in, catching your breath, and trying out this weekend’s “no-fail” mindfulness challenge.

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