In early January, i take the Christmas tree--still in its stand--out the front door and plunk it in the snow in the front garden. All of a sudden, i have an evergreen tree--something of visual interest--that subtly tells the observer, "This is a garden, even though it's covered in white."
With the most recent snowfall, even the 5-foot tall Christmas tree is about to be completely covered by snow. Only the top 10 inches is still visible.
Sometimes our lives can feel totally snowed in, even though the weather in our garden is bright and sunny. Just when it may feel most difficult to practice mindfulness, this "snowed in" feeling is the perfect time to bring your attention to the present moment.
I'm feeling bright and sunny right now, despite overcast skies outdoors.
What's your interior weather report today?