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Reminders for Daylight Savings Time

Six mindful ways to cope with the suffering that is time change, or any suffering really

It’s that time of the year again. Arbitrarily, the clocks in North America have jumped forward an hour and chaos ensues for many.

Mindfulness practitioners on Daylight Savings Time

Here are few reminders and recommendations for us as we navigate this change:

  1. Time is a random concept. You do not have to be bound by a clock, at least on a Sunday. You are a human being, not a human doing.
  2. Use this opportunity to slow down and be attentive to your own body’s needs. If you are tired, do less. If you have a family with little kids, slow down as a unit and practice paying attention to what the body needs.
  3. Get outside. DST also means that there is more light. Sunshine and light in general have a regulating impact on the body.
  4. Make a list of things you are looking forward to in the spring.
  5. Surrender. There is not much you can do. This can be a time of reminding ourselves of how little is within our control. What we CAN do is practice yielding. Ask yourself, “What would bring me ease in this moment?”
  6. Use your senses to ground you. Listen to the sounds around you. Let your eyes rest on something that reminds you of spring. Light incense with spring fragrances. Make a hot or cool drink that nourishes you.

Here’s to not adding suffering to change! Happy yielding!