I have always found the metaphor of weather really useful in mindfulness practice. It reminds me that there is no point in fighting experience. And it is well worth taking a weather check. This morning as I put my head out of the front door I discovered how much colder it is than yesterday. I can’t change that. I can choose to put on a thick coat and gloves and a hat when I go out. In the same way, regular internal weather checks throughout the day are so valuable. Pausing long enough to discover how my body feels, what thoughts and emotions are here, helps me choose wisely. What’s going on for  me? What do I need right now? A lie down? A walk ? Solitude? Company? Do I need to write that tricky email or wait until I am calmer and clearer? How do I best take care of myself?