After taking the above photo, I came back into the warm to do a guided metta meditation. The one I did was self-metta, where loving kindness is directed towards the self. It is a powerful practice and can bring hidden hurts up to the surface.
After the meditation, I considered going out into the rain to do my mindful walking practice. A sudden insight: why be so tough on yourself? After doing all this metta - to then force yourself out into the cold? What sense does that make?! So I didn't. I waited. Sure enough the rain ceased and the sun came out.
Thinking some more on this, I do think I am changing. There would have been a time when I would have decreed that I must be up at a certain hour each day – and then I would have been miserable when I failed (as I inevitably would). But this time I have decided that it does not matter when or where I do my half hour of mindful walking as long as I do it. I need that flexibility to fit in with the weather and the demands of my everyday life. This is a daily practice – not a torture!!
So with my heart full of metta I did my walk and there was plenty of beauty to be seen – the way the sunlight twinkled on the water, and reflected off of every surface...
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