Did you ever notice how you feel on a rainy day, a cold day, or a sunny day and how it may vary?
What if your mood or attitude was not so strongly impacted by the weather?
Imagine how freeing it would be to feel so centered within that you access your best self regardless of the external circumstances! Rather than joining the flow of the erratic weather patterns, you choose instead to focus on your stillness within.
Give it a try!
Spend one day or even one morning refocusing your attention on your inner world rather than on the outer world. Checking in regularly to stay aware of how you are feeling, what you are thinking and tuning in to your entire Being. Just observe it. No need to react to what you are noticing. Be the witness to your thoughts. You are not your thoughts. During this exercise just notice them. Be the witness to the process of your mind. Allow the thoughts to come and go, like clouds in the sky. Do the same with your emotions. Observe them, feel them in your body. Witness them moving and changing without a need to react to them. Remember that your thoughts and feelings are just something you are experiencing – they are not facts. Underneath the chatter of thoughts lies the stillness of you.
The technique of reframing your thinking can also be helpful in noticing you have a choice on whether or not to believe the thought. When your inner world reflects an emotion based on a thought like “I really hate rainy weather” consider reframing the statement to sound something more like “regardless of the weather I am going to enjoy this day!” Own your choice to give attention to the thought you prefer.
Spending time in silence will help you know the beauty of your inner world. Take time to unplug, connect with nature or just sit with yourself. Calm the noise with clear focus so you find that place within, to turn to over and over again until it becomes habit. The more you practice going within, the less you will be distracted by the chaotic changeable world and weather.
Even though life is a constant series of ups and downs, when we stay fully connected to our self, we increase our capacity to weather any storm. Be grounded in the stillness within – let that stillness be your stabilizing force – so much more enduring then the weather.
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