The vagaries of March weather (that lion/lamb business) send us running for our winter coats one day, and our nylon windbreakers the next. So much like other quotidian circumstances that drive us between opposite poles, leaving us out of breath, overwrought, bewildered. Or, living in that in-between space where we regret what we have (right now, too much winter) while pining for what we don’t (Spring, dammit.).
Under these circumstances, it’s hard to be present and grateful. We wish away the present, or long desperately for the future. We find ourselves restless, irritable, discontent. If you relate, here are a few suggestions to restore a sense of equanimity
Say the following to yourself:
“I am here,
It is now,
I am safe,
I lack nothing.”
Or, make a list of all the things you can be grateful for, in this moment.
Or, try this brief meditation:
Close your eyes. Take a few nice breaths in and out. When you are settled, imagine yourself floating perfectly and peacefully on the water. You go up and down with each wave. You glide easily on the surface - the water supports you perfectly. Notice the sun on your skin. Notice how perfectly your body rides each wave, whether big or small.
Life rarely delivers a perfectly placid surface on which to float, undisturbed. When we feel rocked by turbulence, or pulled in opposing directions, we can make a choice. Relaxing into the moment – accepting what is –brings us into balance and fosters equanimity. When we are not in thrall to our primitive brain (Fight! Flee!), we can access our pre-frontal cortex to think things through rather than react out of fear or anger.