I recently put an app on my phone that is called Mindfulness Attitude.
It lists 7 significant ways of thinking and behaving which are helpful. For each one there is a simple statement to guide you and I like to check in and read them most days.
Last night as I lay in bed, one in particular was on my mind, as I became aware that I was excited with the news that a snow storm was going to spread across England overnight and was due to arrive in London around 9 in the morning. I was thinking of the world with what my app calls a beginners mind – ‘having the willingness to observe the world as if it were the first time doing so.’
I love to watch fresh snow fall. I find it relaxing and soothing and I am drawn back in my mind to my childhood and all those wonderful snowy wintry memories: of snow ball fights in the street, building a snowman in the garden and giving him eyes made of coal.
As a peeked out all morning it was just as if I was watching the snow fall for the first time and was in awe of it’s beauty and wonder.
I was rewarded with the sight of my back garden robin sheltering under the table, then coming back again later to shelter some more.
Icy flotsam whirl and bounce
Lace ribbon catch in cobwebs
Snow white dust laid bare