When the sun shines like it has the last couple of days it is such a great opportunity to be more sociable.
Whether it is saying a cheery hello to others as they relax in their gardens or calling in for a cuppa with friends who open up their house whilst they enjoy the lovely weather, it is great way to catch up with people that we haven’t seen so much over the winter months.
When it is cold and rainy it is so easy to rush around, head down, in our own little world, consumed by our own worries and thoughts. When the sun comes out we open up, enjoy the sun on our skin, and allow ourselves time to take in our surroundings. We are become much more approachable.
Sitting still in the sunshine is so much easier than when we are cold and wanting to keep on the move to warm up. This gives us more time to sit and listen to others and also to our own bodies.
As we feel comfortable soaking in the rays we can also let conversation soak into our being. We can listen to others and respond without rushing our answers. It is amazing how much difference this makes.
Noah and I went on the cart with Ladybird pulling it this morning. My dad came with us. He is a bit hard of hearing and often opts out of conversations for fear of not hearing what is going on. This morning as we plodded along a local lane and the sun shone he was relaxed and could hear everything Noah and I said to him. It was great.
Later on we all ventured to the pub for a drink in the sun and again we had really great chatter as we sat in the sun and sipped our drinks. More friends saw us and joined us,the chatter and the feel good factor really was contagious.
Being mindful of your conversations and encouraging others to follow in your lead really can make all the difference. If you communicate well with others people like you and the more you can do this the wider your circle of friends becomes. No man is an island and the more connections you can make the better your life and your friendships. The more good connections that you have with other the better your confidence and the more you enjoy life.
Mindfulness training can make all the difference to how you are able to cope in conversations with others. Come on a Revitalise Day to get the skills you need to confidently engage with others. All it takes is a bit of mindfulness. A true awareness of the situation that we are in makes a massive difference.
Next time you find yourself in a social situation really take the time to listen to others. Make it your aim to find out one new thing about each person that you speak to. It will give you more chat and keep you engaged with everything that is going on. If you keep this habit up even for a small amount of time you will soon learn the pleasure of better communication.