This weekend – I am inviting you all to do two things:
Take time for MORE kindness, and some time out from the news; media; talking about Covid-19, and get outside into nature where you can. You can practice this in a mindful way, see if you can spot all things green, and then tune into the different colours of green you see, notice the surface texture, depth of colour, transparency, similarity, differences, smell even!
Blow the head off a dandilion clock with the same enthusiasm that my 2 and a half year old niece can muster - notice your breath, the feelings in your body, and then watch each seed-head float off on the breeze.
If you notice your mind spiralling into a challenging place – instead of simply listening to your thoughts, talk to them instead.
When you ask questions of your thoughts you get better insight to the quality, content and often repetitive nature of the thoughts you have, and then you get to disrupt and intervene!
· How helpful and supportive is that thought?
· Is it a rational thought or a story I'm telling?
· What can I say to myself to alter that thought to be more realistic?
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Look after one another.