February Mindfulness Newsletter

February Mindfulness Newsletter


Hello Mindfulness friends,

This what I see from my living room window today, a typical day in February in Scotland, Not terribly exciting. In fact, except for leafy trees, any day through the year might look like my photo. When I first came to Scotland from Pennsylvania, USA, I had the cheapest little Kodak Instamatic. I took it with me everywhere, When the film was developed, the dark days came out black and gloomy. So I got wise and only took photos in good weather. Consequently, when I showed my photos around to family, they immediately got the impression that Scotland is a sunny place.


One saying is ‘Scotland has nine months of bad weather and three months of winter.’ I am told that overseas students over from the states to attend St Andrews University actually go home for Christmas and don’t return because the rain and gray skies bring them down. Little princesses. SAD.

The upside of our weather is when the sun does come out, the green of the fields is a striking emerald from barley and oats overwintering. And golfers come out of the woodwork to play the famous golf course in St Andrews.

And in a month’s time, the sheep field over the road will be full of lambs. I will post another photo then. And the lambs will be gamboling  That is the most descriptive word to describe what they do. This annual cycle coming round again refreshes our souls, especially if you stop and savor it. Stand and watch some sign of spring and rebirth. Feel it through all your five senses. Smell, hear, touch if you can without harming, seeing with Beginner’s Eye This thing we call a lamb or a branch of the vegetable patch. Nature is calming and makes us happier. See if you can spy something you never knew or could see before. Aren’t we lucky?

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