Certainty About Uncertainty

When I ask my friends and family what they are struggling to most with in the current situation, under stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, the answer I hear repeatedly is uncertainty.  

They are worried about the future…what will happen, how long with this last, when will we get back to normal, how bad is it going to get…you get the idea.  They are burdened with making wrong decisions amidst constantly changing information.  They are feeling out of control.  Uncertainty is the word that they use to describe their feelings.

The interesting thing about this term is that I feel much more certain these days than uncertain.  On a normal day, I would encounter a lot more uncertainty and lack of control than I do in the shelter at home environment that I am currently in.  Sure, there are definitely unexpected things that are occurring in the world around me, but I have never been in control of each individual day more that I have been in the...

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Everyday Mindfulness

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When we talk about emotions, stress, anxiety, and all those different kinds of topics, one of the things that you hear from people is to be more mindful.  The suggestion may be to put mindfulness into your day, or to have a mindfulness practice…but do you really know what that looks or feels like?  Is that something actionable you can use?
 
For me, it gives the vision of meditation, and the idea that we're going to sit on a cushion and clear our heads for 20, minutes or a half hour or something like that. But if you're anything like me and you have the type of brain that thrives on action, activity, and energy this concept of being mindful doesn't seem like a possibility.  It just seems like it would be painful to completely just sit still for 30 minutes.
 
The truth is I've done it before, in fact I've had a full meditation practice where I got up every morning and meditated.  The problem is, I always felt like I was doing it wrong!  I...
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Peace in the present.

As with most individuals, I have an ever present stream of motivational quotes in both my Instagram and Facebook feeds. Today, one of them spoke to me in a new way. This is a quote that I have heard many times before, especially in yoga and meditation classes, but for some reason I saw it differently today. In retrospect, it seems a little obvious, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless...maybe someone can benefit in the same way I did.

 

 

In the past, this quote has appeared to me as a way to explain my current mental situation. If I'm feeling anxious, like I was during an insomnia episode last next, it's likely due to me worrying about my future career, the outcome of a particular project, or wondering if my kids will turn into responsible adults...all thoughts of the future. If I'm feeling depressed, or in my case having a case of the blues, it's usually because I am regretting a previous decision, wishing I would have handled something differently, or...

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