Mindful Monday: Mindful Anticipation
I reset often in the month of March. Just when I think Spring is going to burst wide open, snow falls instead. Holding the tension of mindfulness of the moment while anticipating with glee the promise of warm sun and crocuses, is a wild wonder to grasp.
Then I look around. I notice the monk in my house, also known as The Dog. He sits in a patch of fleeting sunlight. I doubt in his canine brain he is considering much in the future except the next treat.
So, he sits.
He sniffs the cool air and observes what is directly in front of him.
With the week ahead, know the possibility of tomorrow’s surprises held in the wings while you bask in the moment at hand. Hold the space in between the inhale and exhale.
It is what we have.
“The awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness is simply the knack of noticing without comment whatever is happening in your present experience” ~ Guy Claxton
Lisa Wellington is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher who writes about integrative practices that downshift stress, increase insight, and jumpstart joy.
She is best known for her work with law enforcement professionals as well as those challenged by housing instability and addiction. Trained in the Fine Arts at Washington State University, she specializes in group training that engages participants’ inherent creativity.
If she is not under a stack of books about psychology and spirituality, she can be found at a Puget Sound beach or nearby trail, always searching for the absurd, which is her superpower.