"Present moment awareness" is the theme of today's Daily Calm meditation. It can feel excruciating to stay in the present when there are so many other things vying for my attention: professional deadlines, thoughts about loved ones, mistakes, hopes, opportunities, the next house move, financial concerns, what's for dinner, etc. But after slightly more than a year of daily mindfulness practice, I am beginning to glimpse the freedom and lightness that comes with pushing these concerns aside for a moment and coming back to the present, over, and over, and over again. I have noticed that I find it easier to be mindful while cooking or hiking, because those activities engage all my senses and allow me to get out of my head, and into my body. I find it harder to remain present when sitting, especially indoors, surrounded by distractions like computers, phones, and to-do lists. #mindfulness#mindful#peace#dailycalm#meditate#serenity#selfcaremonday#selfcare#grateful#hiking#cooking
Stepping out into the rain after facilitating a group with my remarkable veterans and was struck by the immense gratitude in my heart for being able to experience this moment. Being bathed in rain is such a visceral experience, like an old song or familiar scent. In those minutes of the rain falling gently on my face I was filled with indebtedness to the universe for those I love and who have loved and love me. And in a whisper, almost a prayer, I said "thank you". And I smiled.