The Spring seems to be coming fast. At the recent Day of Mindfulness practice it was almost 80 degrees.
It made for lovely walking meditation and fresh air in the room, yet I found myself fielding weather anxiety. If it is this hot now, what will it be like in June?! Come back to now, feel the sun on your face… It is so warm we could almost use air conditioning! Noticing the feeling of warmth in the body… Something is terribly wrong on the planet! Breathe, be where you are, this moment matters… This is the practice, staying present, checking the tendency to be carried away by thoughts- as rational and noble as they may seem.
As the 12th century Zen master Wu-Men reminds us: If your mind is not clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
There will be another opportunity for alumni to attend the Day of Mindfulness May 17th. I’ll send out an invitation closer to date.
There is a new 4 week Integrative Restoration course beginning March 3rd.
John Kabat-Zinn will be speaking at a public forum Friday, March 7th.
And the Spring MBSR program orientation on March 31st.
Thanks so much, Natasha. The day was wonderful. Surely facilitating groups like these is work you were born to do. You have such a strong, gentle, kind, wise, and skillful hand on the rudder. It’s a joy and a gift to watch you work, even when (I know, I know, I know) “watching you work” isn’t why I’m there. It’s just a fringe benefit.