I don’t know what I would have done without my mindfulness practice in the few days that followed the recent first snowfall of the year.
The falling of snow and the dip in the thermometer evokes powerful memories.
As I understand my experience, I realize that my brain is a wonderful recorder of experience, both pleasant and unpleasant, in our lives. Our experience may not only include the sights, sounds, and smells, but also the emotions that were present during the experience.
If the sound of snow shovel working on the driveway can be haunting, I was experiencing it last week. Powerful memories were surfacing.
Mindfulness reminds me that I can choose what to pay attention to and secondly, that the past only exists in the mind.
With that in mind, I have made a short list of “Things I Like about Winter” which are worthy of my attention. What are yours?
The “crunch” sound that a footstep makes when walking in snow.
Knowing that snowflakes are spectacular even though the shapes are visible without magnification
Getting the extra hour sleep when the clocks fall back
Sitting by fire either indoor or outdoor
Skating on an outdoor rink
Resting on the chairlift after a challenging run on the slope
Feeling the warmth of pulling a hood up when the wind is cold
A cross country ski in a quiet forest
Imagining the snow as a warm blanket