Posted by Ellen Sichel on May 30, 2012
The past few days I have woken up in a funky mood. After trying to figure out the cause, I came up empty. Rather than going into “analysis-paralysis” I decided to stay with it and just notice how I felt.
I went on with my day, beginning with a yoga practice followed by meditation. When I finished my mood was a bit better but still felt kind of low.
I thought about a recent article I read about at 93 year old giving tips on living a longer, happier life. She uses curiosity, optimism, humor and a cheerful greeting. Her attitude inspired me to make a few simple decisions:
- Let go of analyzing the situation.
- Open up to enjoying my day-it is all I have.
- Notice the simple things–I focused on the foliage with curiosity.
- Smile, even though I did not really feel happy at that moment.
- Choose to be grateful for my life.
Let me know in the comments below how make a shift in attitude. What do you do when your mood needs a boost?
Posted by Ellen Sichel on March 11, 2011
It’s just a banana!
Years ago, as my husband, daughter and I were driving home from her art class, as we went under an overpass we heard a loud thump. Something had hit our car, splattered and cracked our windshield.
As we pulled over, saw something had mashed and were speculating about what could possibly cause that kind of damage. I speculated; “it might have been a cantaloupe or watermelon to do that kind of damage”.
My daughter took a look and came back reporting that it was a banana!
I was outraged that someone purposely threw a banana, (probably frozen) on our car!
After some time reacting, talking about the velocity, I began to ponder what the message was. Following a few moments of contemplation, I announced that it was probably a sign for us to slow down and take things easy.
With this, my wise husband replied: “Maybe it was just a banana!”
I still smile at this as I see the truth in how complicated the mind makes things. It takes us out of the here and now. So from time to time, when I get too esoteric, my husband will remind me; maybe it’s just a banana…