Just have to add that I wrote the last post, and then for the next two days was so sore I couldn’t move without groaning!!! Another form of mindfulness???? I was in the present moment for every movement as my muscles complained…..and then I began complaining!!
Got me thinking how in Buddhism everything can be labelled as pleasant, neutral or unpleasant… And we can crave the pleasant, and try to avoid the unpleasant… Neither bringing much contentment! This helped me in the rest of the ski holiday (so much easier to do on holiday out of the real world chaos) to notice and label events as ‘pleasant’ or ‘not pleasant’ and somehow this labelling helped me to not get too caught up in the thought spiral and emotion attached to events, and sure enough the scenario would change frequently…fight – unpleasant, scenery- pleasant, wind blowing snow into face- unpleasant, cup of hot chai- pleasant…..somehow it helped not getting attached to any scenario. This was only in a very small way, so much harder with bigger life events, but hopefully good practice?