A Mindful Hike Through The Snow

First Snow

First Snow

A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind.
— Rasheed Ogunlaru

Snowy Hike

Just finished up a bowl of chips and thought why not take the dog for a walk to the lake.  I quickly ran downstairs to grab my daughter's snow pants, which are two sizes too small.  These pants I have on are loud when I walk with my thighs rubbing together and I told the kids I might spontaneously combust from the friction.  Mentioned to Jo to every so often look out in the sky towards the lake and if you see smoke come and save me.  Not sure if in a previous life I lived in a super cold region, but I tend to put on too many layers and end up sweating my butt off on my way home.  I guess it's better than freezing.  

Off we go...

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn
Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.
— Thích Nhất Hạnh

Accepting this present moment as it is
Feeling the snow hitting my face
Breathing in the cold
Noticing all the details as I go
Stopping every so often to admire what's caught my eye
No room for mind chatter when you are fully present

This is mindfulness.

Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
Mr. Handsome

Mr. Handsome

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
"Mom, we've got a situation here."

"Mom, we've got a situation here."