Monday, January 21, 2013
This morning was spent in the mist. We bundled up and headed out to the lake. I seem to underestimate the cold these days so today I was wishing for an extra layer. Still it was a wonderful way to start our day. The air was clean and crisp but everything along the lake sparkled with tiny drops of water. It was quiet and peaceful. April splashed in every puddle she could find and watched for ducks. I took deep breaths of the wet, wonderful air and prepared myself for all this day will bring.
I'm continuing to work on bring mindfulness into my life. It is always a challenge not to thing too far ahead but I often find it easier to be in the moment when I'm in nature. It's a struggle to live in the city but need nature so much. Luckily we don't have too far to travel to find the peace of the natural world. I find I focus on my breathing when the air is clearer, I focus on my steps when the terrain is changing, I focus on the sounds when it isn't just noise. April is benefiting as well. She is true nature child. She sleeps better, plays better and is more inquisitive when we get out-of-doors. When I tell her we are going hiking she cheers and runs to get her hat and boots on. I must continue to take our activities into nature even on days when the weather is less than ideal. Our individual wellness as well as the wellness of our family depends on it.