Find a comfortable seated posture…any position will do. Legs can be crossed or straight or any combination of the two….let them take a shape that will allow you to sit up straight, with a bit of ease. Relax your shoulders down, away from your ears….close your eyes and begin to connect with how it feels to sit in stillness. Turn your awareness inward. How does the body feel as you sit here…in this moment. The muscles…. The joints….scan through the body and be fully aware of how it feels to just sit. To BE in this moment. We take a moment to transition away from the activity of our day and shift into our practice. There is nowhere to be and nothing else that needs our attention. Bring your awareness to your breathing and just notice your breath… without trying to change anything, just watch your breath coming and going. Watch your body receiving and releasing your breath. Notice how the breath comes and goes on it’s own, without any conscious direction from you. Notice the body shifting with your breath. And once you’ve connected with the rhythm of your breathing, explore whether there is room to lengthen it. Keeping an ease to your breath, let it be a little slower….a little softer. Let it nourish and cleanse you. Know that the rhythm of your breath determines the rhythm of other systems in your body….let your breath lead you to move with ease, calm, steadiness throughout our practice. Continue to watch the breath….let it settle and slow. Let it calm. Throughout our physical movements, watch your breath…when it starts to change in someway (if it gets shorter, or speeds up), it is likely a sign that something needs to shift in your movements or postures. Watch your breath and let it guide you.
These words. I say them often. Some version of this comes out of my mouth at the beginning of every class I teach. The underlined words really hit me today:
There is nowhere to be and nothing else that needs our attention.
Nowhere to be. Nothing else needs our attention. Set aside the activity. Notice how it feels to sit in stillness. In this moment of transition. Letting go of what we were doing…..and not yet thinking about what we will be doing. Just be here. Experience whatever is real for you in this moment. The full spectrum of emotions that come to you throughout these days. They are all valid. Experience them, without trying to make them be anything other than what they are. Be aware of your breath. Let it guide you.