Advertisement

Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

Natural Antidepressant: Mindfulness on Mansfield

In 2007 the CDC reported that antidepressants had become the most frequently prescribed drug, eclipsing drugs for high blood pressure. 118 Million scripts were written in 2005. This number continues to grow.

I wonder what would happen if more people strapped a snowboard to their feet and got on top of a mountain and slid down? Perhaps fewer prescriptions would be needed.

Snowboarding (or skiing, whichever you prefer) is a natural antidepressant. You are outside enjoying the outdoors, breathing pure mountain air, and if you are in Vermont, engaging panoramic views of the Green Mountains (and on a clear day, the White Mountains of New Hampshire).

Advertisement

Sliding down a mountain at high speed invites you to be mindful, in fact, demands it! If I start thinking about what I am doing or how fast I am going, then what happens next is not going to be pretty. When I can give my attention without reservation to the exerpences of riding, something magical happens. It resembles what I imagine flying feels like — a sense of freedom, ease, and weightlessness. Speed is joyful; carving a turn with mindfulness connects me to the mountain, we are one.

I find there is a paucity of experiences that tell us without equivocation that we are alive, that are thrilling in the way that snowboarding is.

Advertisement

Of course, it’s easy to be mindful when you know what you are doing and have these exceptional circumstances. It’s more of a challenge to engage when the consequences are not so acute — here in now in this ordinary moment. Each moment holds the potential to be thrilling when we become fully mindful. However, snowboarding just makes this blatant. In this way, exceptional circumstances can help build the confidence to find mindfulness in any moment.

And, of course, it just feels good. If you are like most adults, you don’t get enough play.

Advertisement

Snowboarding is not for everyone. The challenge is to find the activities that are right for you, that let you know you are alive, that invite exquisite mindfulness into your life explicitly, that integrate you with nature. If you live in a northern clime, finding enjoyable wintertime activities and remaining active are crucial for combatting the winter blues.

Whatever your activity of choice is, enjoy. Mindfulness won’t be far behind!

  • http://louellabryant.ccom Ellie

    Glad the knee’s better!

Previous Posts

Be Mindful and Be Lovely
It is always a joy to discover a new poem that captures the spirt of mindful living. The late poet Galway Kinnell said, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for ...

posted 9:12:44am May. 04, 2015 | read full post »

The Awakened Introvert on the Radio
I had the pleasure, again, of being Mark Johnson's guest on WDEV for his morning call-in radio program. Mark and I connect as fellow introverts. Click here to listen to the show. We talked about the differences between introverts and ...

posted 1:34:58pm May. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Louis CK Teaches Buddhadharma
I was recently turned on to Louis CK's epistle on cell phones during an appearance with Conan O'Brian. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbYScltf1c[/youtube] Louis CK is very funny and he captures the sense of infomania that ...

posted 8:23:15am Apr. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Love the Inside of Your Own Head and Be Free
I recently read Abigail Thomas's new book, What Comes Next and How to Like It. It's a poetic reflection on a lifelong friendship and life itself. You can read it, as I did, on the span of an airplane ride. After the death of her husband, ...

posted 3:07:12pm Apr. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Mindfulness Matures
A recent article in the Sunday Times is critical of the mindfulness movement. I read through some of the comments to the article and they ...

posted 9:22:21am Apr. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.