Walking the dog. My mind is spinning about what I have to get done. I decide to settle my mind by using my breath to count down from 40, starting over when I lose track. My mind settles. All of a sudden I’m focused on sounds and smells. As I breath in I can smell spring. What’s the smell of spring? It’s an earthy, fresh smell, like a huge pile of amazing, life filled soil. And, I can hear the birds chirping. For me, spring brings newness, hope and joy. Just that one single exercise of breathing and I was able to turn my thoughts away from negativity and towards gratitude. I have everything I need to lead a grateful life, it’s just a matter of being mindful enough to recognize when I need to use it. I have gratitude for my awareness this morning.
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