Life is full of pleasant, neutral and of course unpleasant experiences. How we experience life really does depend on our attitude and perspective.
Whilst I waited with my husband in the hospital for my test results the other day, I noticed the usual physical sensations of internal shivering and nerves.
I allowed myself to feel these sensations and they softened slightly – a welcome relief as I focussed on physical sensations in the present moment rather than an internal dialogue of woe is me and what if’s…!
I then became aware of others around me, tired and often quite grumpy medical staff. I felt gratitude towards them for the work that they were doing and felt compassion for their states of mind. Again, attention was in the present moment of observing others and with an open heart I wished them all well, offering compliments when I could.
This meant that again I didn’t engage in any of my own internal dialogue of worry, complaint and irritation.
I then started to have a giggle with my husband as he complained light-heartedly about a spot that he had on his finger – of course this was very amusing.
Yet again, our sense of humour allowed me to feel a sense of calm in a difficult situation – a lovely relief.
And during the moments when we sat quietly, I simply noticed my breath and felt calm and present.
The test results were fine and we both smiled calmly.
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