Each of us is shaped – or influenced – by many different winds, from infancy to today.
Pause and identify one or two of the winds that have influenced you.
Some winds are positive. How do we know them? They are the ones that tell us that we are valued and loved, and enable us to value and love others.
Some winds are negative: they are the ones that tell us that we are useless and unlovable, and make it harder for us to make good relationships with others.
Being able to identify and classify the winds that shape our thinking about ourselves and the world around us gives us understanding, including compassion for ourselves. We weren’t always in a position to control what shaped us. We will find weather damage!
Being able to identify and classify the winds that shape us also gives us the opportunity to review what we are being influenced by, opening ourselves more fully to some influences and closing ourselves to others.
For me today, thinking of the winds that shape me, I am resolute to open myself more to the breath of the Divine – God’s Spirit. The Spirit is the one who knew me while I was still in my mother’s womb and is each moment all knowing (omniscient), all present (omnipresent), and all powerful (omnipotent). It’s the best of winds.
May you too open yourself to life-giving winds.
This is Mindful Monday on 8 November 2021.