Wish You Were Here: Your Mindfulness Postcard to Self
Just stop for a second. (Or maybe “pause” is a better word…)
Where were you just then?
Where were your thoughts?
Your gut reactions?
If you’d sent yourself a postcard from then to now, how far would it have to go to really reach you? How many countries of the mind would it have to travel?
Where are you in the middle of all that?
You, the traveler of all these territories?
Come, let’s take a short trip and find out…
For it can be so easy to get caught up in the surroundings of the everyday (both inside and out) and really start to identify with it – to forget that it’s just the lay of the land. Not remembering you.
If you remember yourself as the traveler, though, then even though you can’t always control the terrain, and some really challenging landscapes might turn up on your horizons, then you still get to choose how you’ll travel them.
So if you’re on the sharp rocks just now, will you continue on barefoot just because that’s the way you’d rather be (always)?
Or if a new cliff springs up before you, will you carry all the baggage (“good” and “bad”) that you’ve collected along the way so far? Or can you set something down for now, just to make today easier?
If you find yourself in a field of clover, will you let yourself run free, or are you still protecting yourself from earlier, harder, days on the path?
And, perhaps most importantly, are you seeing the place you’re actually in? Seeing it as it is – not how it used to be, or how you’d like it to be, or how someone else’s journey looks.
Just you. In your terrain.
The things to be grateful for; the things that bring pain.
Take a look around for a moment. What do you notice?
And maybe write yourself a postcard from this place; a mindful reminder to remember you…
Photo: Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar
Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar (Grad Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy) is a writer, blogger and Sydney psychotherapist in private practice at One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy. Gabrielle also facilitates telephone support groups for people who are living with cancer, for their carers, and for people who have been bereaved through a cancer experience. She was the former editor of a journal on counselling and psychotherapy and she provides regular therapeutic updates on facebook and Twitter @OneLifeTherapy.
Gawne-Kelnar, G. (2011). Wish You Were Here: Your Mindfulness Postcard to Self. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 5, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapist-within/2011/07/2697-mindfulness-self-therapy/