• inhale // exhale • ⁣

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


just having one of those days where all I can seem to focus on are the unanswered questions I have in my head, mostly about the future.

• are things going to be back to normal by the fall?

• what happens if they don’t?

• how am I going to cope with that?

and then 30 minutes go by and I realize I’ve been actively wasting my energy on trying to answer these questions that really cannot be answered right now. *bonus: now I feel bad about wasting time.

so instead of trying to solve these questions by going down rabbit holes and hypotheticals and worst case ontarios…

I turn to this Thich Nhat Hanh quote, I decide to notice these thoughts, and just breathe.

Observing your thoughts without judgement and anchoring your focus back to your breath are key parts of practicing mindfulness. These are skills that take time and effort to build. I’ve been practicing for years now and still need reminders so here it is if you need it too 🌬

Published by theartofhina

Clinical & Counselling Psychology Master’s student based in Toronto. 
As a South Asian immigrant, WOC, and future clinician - I am committed to creating positive social change by advocating for mental health initiatives emphasizing cultural competence.

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