I live in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont. It’s a special place for sure, but if you live here, you know spring is not Vermont’s glory season. While the rest of the country is enjoying all of summer’s benefits with none its extreme heat, we are probably still under foot of snow with below freezing temperatures. This year has been no exception. Last week we had a stretch of weather that was gray, spitting snow and hovering around 12 degrees. In April. It’s a downer.
My practices of late have been scattered and just blah. For the most part, I have found a recipe that works well for me and I have a couple of tools to use when the going gets a little rough. But it’s been a challenge to sink into myself. I haven’t come out of my practice feeling centered or grounded.
Much like the recent weather. Just blah.
Maybe it’s the day job? Maybe it’s the change of season? Maybe I’m processing more than I’m realizing?
After weeks (and really months) of damp, grey or frigid cold, the sun started to shine yesterday. It truly warmed up to a comfortable 60 degrees. It was a true bluebird day and it was glorious.
It didn’t solve my meditation woes but it made me think about how we can always start over.
Our minds are going to wander, sometimes more than other times. We’ve actually practiced chasing things with our mind way more than we’ve practiced clearing our mind so be compassionate and bring your mind back to your breath. You can always start over.
Life gets going and maybe you missed a day or two or ten of meditation. Be aware of this and realize that it takes commitment and discipline to prioritize the important things. Meditation deserves a spot on the important list. You can always start over.
Your practice isn’t always going to be comfortable. Either physically or emotionally. Maybe you’re pose isn’t serving your practice and causing discomfort. Maybe your practice is bringing up some feelings that aren’t easy to be with. Changing your practice or trying some new techniques are sometimes an easy fix and other times you may just need to work through the discomfort. You can always start over.
Just like Mother Nature started over with a blue bird day, we can always start over. Maybe it’s a small start-over or maybe it’s a big audacious do-over. Maybe it’s some action that your whole world can see or maybe it’s a small shift in your mindset that you alone benefit from.
The point is, spring will always come, even in the dreariest of Aprils. This seasonal start-over does more than just bring the warmer weather, it shifts our our feelings, outlook and energy levels. We too can start over, at any time in our practice, in our day or in our life.
Meditate & be well.