Stress Tip #206: Winter for Mindfulness
We can use almost anything as a platform for practicing mindfulness, even uncomfortable weather. As I write this Stress Tip, the weather is wet and cold. The tendency might be to unconsciously complain, but whatever the reaction might be, I suggest observing it. There’s nothing inherently wrong with feeling the chill of winter; instead, a way to practice mindfulness is to notice the thoughts and judgments about the experience labeled “chill of winter.” What effects do those thoughts have on body sensations, emotions, and other thoughts? Increased awareness gives us greater freedom to choose our responses and the associated consequences of those responses. We might recognize that some things, such as weather, we can’t change, so when we release the desire to change what we cannot, how much ease do we welcome into our lives?
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