Monday Meditation: Look Around You

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.

-Anne Lamott

It is easy to become caught up in day-to-day activities and ignore our surroundings. It is especially easy to do this when swirling in the middle of grief. Sometimes we have to force ourselves out of our comfort zone (or current zone) to examine what is happening around us.

Take time to experience spring as it unfolds before you. Examine how you feel as the winter gives way to the promise of something new. Hope for reemerging beauty becomes reality with the changing of the season. The desire we harbor for beauty and warmth is answered and its results are tangible.

The landscape of our grief is in flux as much as the earth’s landscape before us. Watch as you move into your own spring, look at how you are slowly coming back to life after a bleak period, see what is blooming in your own life without your even having to do much to help it. Most importantly, close your eyes and listen to your body, mind, and spirit as they move through the seasons of grief. What are they saying to you now? What changes are they ready for?

Published by ancarroll

Alexandra N. Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She writes on grief and self-care from her home in Burlington. In her spare time, Alexandra crochets, reads, and explores.

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