The Mind is like the Weather – Lakeport Podiatrist Dr McQuaid

Today I will explore a valuable form of meditation which can help you take life less seriously. If we can stop taking life personally, it can relieve us of a great deal of stress. The experience we want to become mindful of is the weather.

The goal is to use the weather as a metaphor for our body and mind. We will shift our perspective on the weather both in the outside world and the inner weather of our life.

The first mindful experience is to notice the aspects of the outside weather. Pay attention to the sensations of the weather. For example, notice the colors you see and how they change, the smell of rain, the temperature of the air, the phases of the moon, the blowing of the wind against your skin and the heat of the sun’s rays.

Next is to notice how you feel about the weather. How do you feel when it rains for five days in a row? Does the full moon seem to upset you? Do you favor the cold of winter or the heat of summer? The interesting aspect to discover about asking these questions is the impersonal nature of the weather.

The weather is just doing what it does. How you feel about it does not alter it. What we want to do with this exercise is not take how we feel about the weather personally. We notice that the weather of the environment is impersonal to our emotions. Storms come and go. Seasons change despite how we feel.

The key concept here is that what we experience in the body and mind tends to be like the weather. It is not constant, but rather a dynamic change of seasons. My challenge to you is to shift your perspective of these inner patterns and to see them as impersonal.

Like the weather outside, your inner weather is a natural phenomenon. The storms of stress come and go. You look at upsets as necessary, like the seasons. This practice cultivates an understanding and wisdom about the mental and emotional aspect of our lives.

If we consider our inner experience like the weather we can take life as it comes with less upset. We can feel less guilt and realize the truth of the phrase, “This too shall pass”.

Using our imaginations, we can see that the body and mind can experience storms. Storms in the body can be seen like formations of weather with potential thunder, wind and rain. Alternatively, the mind can at times seem to be clouded and dark. The weather outside and the weather inside is impersonal. A storm is a transitory phenomenon.

The practical usefulness of this process is allowing things to be as they are without taking credit. We can take life less seriously by just watching mental formations like they are the weather. Equanimity, balance and clarity are the natural results of being mindful.

Matthew McQuaid, DPM is a board certified foot surgeon practicing in Lakeport. He has a particular interest in Mind/Body medicine and its impact on healing. He is an award winning author and teacher. Please share this article with a friend. For more information please call 707-263-3727 and for a complete list of articles, please visit www.drmcquaid.com

 

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