Mindfulness, first made really popular by John Kabot-Zinn (sp) the author of “Full Catastrophe Living”, wanted people to be able to be present in their own experience of stress, joy, excitement and just simply the human experience. We now have a wide variety of “Mindful” approaches to stress anxiety and life management. Ultimately it’s the experience of living a moment in the fullest and hopefully feeling positive, aware and good.
We can all be our own experts on developing an approach that is unique and effective for each of us. The other day I was caught in a moment where I watched some spring chickadees at my bird feeder as I pulled into my driveway. A few minutes passed as I watched them fly to and from the protection of a nearby bush. I really didn’t think about it as mindfulness at the time but I was not thinking about anything else for those few minutes except the two small creatures and the beauty of the scene (cue the music). Anyway, that a mindful experience.
I’d be interested to hear about the experiences of others.
In Canada, this is the first holiday weekend to kick off the spring/summer season. At the supermarket today, I saw people stocking up on groceries, barbecue supplies and beer for a weekend of kicking back and some serious R and R. …… Hopefully. As I observed the campers on their way out of town and the people in some hurry to officially start the weekend, I wondered if their formula for this weekend really added up to self care, relaxation , rejuvenation and simply spending quality time to achieve a weekend that would resulted in some peace of mind and happiness. It might be “overthinking it” but it’s worth taking the time to think about these events as a means of achieving what we really want for ourselves instead of going through the motions of a few days — only to land at Tuesday morning without having gotten a break for ourselves.
Everyone has a different definition of their needs foe a holiday weekend. The important thing is to have some idea of what it means to you. What do you do on these holidays to unwind?
Yes, It’s May and in most places, at least in North America, the weather is beginning to warm and people’s thoughts turn to outside, vacations, cottages and the fun and relaxation that comes with the season ahead . However, for some, spring is a difficult time. There are some people with a form of seasonal affective disorder that actually have a difficult time with anxiety and mood in the spring of the year. Also, this time of year is sometimes simply a challenging time for some due to life circumstances.
It’s important to get the appropriate treatment and consult with a professional on this. For most people, it’s important to take advantage of this time of year and really incorporate things like exercise, leisure and relaxation – in whatever form you wish- into your routine. Try reading your morning paper with your tea/coffee outside on the front step, do your morning yoga on the patio , take that evening walk in the spring air. Cardiovascular exercise is always a good idea for mental and physical health.
I’d like to hear your ideas and comments.