Today when I woke up, I felt sad that the holidays and winter vacation were over. A common feeling for many of us this time of year. Then I spoke to my boyfriend who suggested how I could stop myself from feeling bad. Fair enough. When you love someone, you don’t want to watch your loved ones feel and stay sad. As an overthinker, I would be the first to admit that dwelling on negative feelings is a treasured habit which I work effortfully to keep in check. LOL.
Fortunately, it didn’t last long. Can you guess what happened? First, I spoke to a friend who reminded me that each day is a gift without even knowing what I was going through. Then a counseling client came in and described a “light bulb” moment she’d had after she experienced some recent losses and intentionally decided not to get carried away with feeling bad. The universe moves in mysterious ways indeed.
The takeaway: Experience is always changing. Moments of positive, negative, and neutral feelings, thoughts and sensations, are just that. Moments. Until some other experience comes along and we feel differently. I am not talking about clinical depression or anxiety which are health conditions that require treatment. This week notice what’s on your mind and how it affects how you feel physically and emotionally. To help you with this, listen to my mindfulness exercise on “noticing.”
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.