Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Using the Sun on Cloudy Days, and Vice Versa

Tuesday, I woke up yesterday, a much needed day off, and got the kids off to school, sat down to check what was going on online, and promptly dozed right off. The phone rang, mostly woke me up, but I soon dozed off again. Most of the morning went this way, in and out of sleep, plenty lazy.
The thick fog of the mountains. Normally, you can see mountains in the background.
photo courtesy of  Raige Creations
I spent the morning in this hazy foggy dozy state. On a day off, you can allow yourself to be foggy, doze off. No pressing issues, just some quiet time, relaxing time. Perfect for a day off. (Apparently I needed the sleep too. Perhaps I have not been sleeping as good as I thought I was....)

Dog saying 'Come on Mom,
aren't you coming?'

photo courtesy of  Raige Creations
The foggy views here are actually from Monday,not Tuesday wehn I really could have used them. Monday was a day I could not allow myself the luxury of such a nice lazy morning, like the weather begged for. I didn't really want to run, but actually the run the pictures were from was a great one. (Thanks to the dog who helped get me out of the driveway) The cool dampness, the quiet comfort of just me, the dog, and the fog. It made the run a focused and effective workout.

On Tuesday, I could allow myself that lazy, nap filled morning, and I did. I still managed to get a run-slash-walk in, after my mini naps, but the run wasn't a great one. I ran in this brilliant sunshine. The skies were clear, but my head was still foggy.
A Sunny Trail
photo courtesy of  Raige Creations
The run wasn't even as much a run as it was a walk, the fogginess of my mood affecting my whole body. That was quite okay, too. It is good to have an easier day when training, especially when my legs were hurting a little. But the sunshine begged for an energetic run, and mood!
Shadows on a Sunny Trail
photo courtesy of  Raige Creations
Wednesday, I took off from work too, but spend the better part of the day doing Mom duties. Orthodontist, grocery store, cleaning, etc. All while it was pouring rain. I was again active with weather that begged for lazy restful days. 

Why have my days been filled with feelings opposite of the weather?

Sunny out = me tired and lazy.
Rainy and cloudy out = me energetic. 

Yesterday, I vowed to think of the beautiful blue skies and sunshine of Tuesday to get me through today, another cloudy start of a day with my energy level almost back up. I managed okay. But then, by afternoon the sun was shining brilliantly, and I was beat down and utterly drowsy. 

You see the pattern here. These moods were changing with the weather it seemed, be it contradictory to the weather. It kept me from writing anything clearly and accomplishing many of the things I had on my must-do list (which happens to be incredibly long full of stressful things to do....)

I used to embrace the weather of each day and go with the mood it brought, but this week I was always in the wrong state of mind on the wrong day. Perhaps I should embrace each day's weather just for what it is.

I also could take the gifts of fog and sun, use the memories and views from those days on the days you need them. Or perhaps there's only different kinds of good weather. It's all what you make of it really, isn't it?

Do your moods coincide with the weather, or are they opposite like mine have been this week?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE your pictures--you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area!!!


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