From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:
This week we’re going to take a break in the clouds. As we say goodbye to summer, feeling like we’re stuck inside can really have a negative impact on our mood, our mindset, and our thoughts. So this week, we’re going to look for the silver lining, because just like clouds, negative world events can have a silver lining.
Get settled in a comfortable seated position. Your hands can be gently resting in your lap, palms up or down. Start by taking a nice deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Next, allow your eyes to softly focus on a picture of a cloud. Imagine the cloud is all the negative feelings you are or have been experiencing. Add a lot of detail to the thought and notice how some areas of the cloud are very dark, how some billow out around the edges, how some areas are light, just like the thoughts and feelings you have been experiencing. Continue to breathe softly, not forcing air in or out, and gently shift your attention to notice how some areas of the cloud are brighter. As you continue to quietly breathe in and out, gaze at the cloud and see how the sun is shining a silver light that is just beginning to break through the darkness. Focus your attention there and breathe…see the silver lining of the cloud, feel the warm rays of the sun and allow that silver light to shift your mind toward positive thoughts and a better mood. Keep your attention focused on those silvery rays as you take a final deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you bring your practice to a close, reflect on what is your silver lining today?
“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.” – Arthur Yorinks
This week marks three months since our reopening back in June. We continue to try to do more things that make this feel like the Community Center we’re used to, but adhere to guidelines that keep everyone safe. In the past weeks, we’ve seen more members coming back to the Center for the first time in months. If you’re ready to use the fitness center or try a group ex class but still have questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always glad to hear from you!