That’s just silly

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Facts: Mondays can be rough. When things are hard, it’s tempting to vent to those around you to alleviate the yucky feelings from off your chest. In the moment, it feels like we’re handing them away to someone else. What we’re really doing is multiplying them — spreading them without reduction. Feeding negativity.

Venting feels good because it’s an effort at bonding, and it’s raw honesty. You don’t need to go low to get those things, though.

Today’s April Fool’s Day – a day built for lightness and laughter. For being silly, and letting your inner child run loose.

If you notice your Monday vibe isn’t quite what it could be on this day when jokes rule, mindfully shift. Lighten up. Since energy is contagious, consider spreading something more infectious than anything that weighs you down. 

Laughter. It’s the best medicine, capable of curing all mood-induced ills. Spread it far and wide, and let the epidemic rule the day.

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Monday Moment: Careful calibration

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The best approach this Monday morning is probably to just leave Ms. Waheed’s mic on the floor where she left if after this one. I mean….whoa. And, yup.

What if you started this week – busy and full and challenging as it may appear – full of gratitude for being the person who is capable of so many things? Imagine pouring your energy into the things that mean the most to you without the added layer of thinking about how you look, or sound, or how that conversation went, and are you being “just right” throughout all of it.

Yes to kindness and respect for your fellow humans. Yes to self-awareness and intentional living. Hard pass to self-consciousness and self-doubt that pulls your attention and energy away from the things that matter most to you, and onto something that is already as capable and beautiful and perfectly right as it needs to be.

If you’re going to pay attention to yourself, do it with gratitude. Do it with wonder. Most of all, do it with love.


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