Presence, during a pandemic
Most days, it feels like 2020 is dragging on forever! But there are also days in which I can't believe that we've been living in COVID-land for as long as 9 months and that the year is almost over. This skewed perception of time has made me realize that regardless of how quickly or slowly time feels like it's passing, I can't wait on future events in some as-yet-unknown timeline for me to feel better. The present is uncomfortable, but the future is unpredictable. And so it becomes imperative for our health and wellbeing that we find equilibrium in this uncertain world. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not when the pandemic is gone. Not when the kids are older. Not when you get that new job.
Sounds great, right? But, how ...?
It begins with a breath.
It begins with allowing yourself to be here, in your body, every single moment.
It begins with letting go of the attachments you have to your thoughts, your habits, your emotions.
(As humans, we habitually process our experiences based on what has happened to us in the past. By letting go of these "attachments", we can access a depth of wisdom inside of us and see the truth of any situation more clearly.)
The best way to practice this is to sit in silence. That's it. Let go of any thoughts, emotions, or sensations that may arise. I think about it as a kind of disengagement, like unbuckling a buckle to make a little more space.
Start with 5 minutes a day. If it's easy to sit for 5 minutes, then try 10 or 15.
The goal is not to have a clear and quiet mind, or to eliminate or push away thoughts and feelings, but to allow them to bethere without having a relationship to them.
Notice how this practice begins to shift your responses to both your
inner and outer world. Feel the freedom of being present!
We will be gathering for the next Online Reiki Circle on Thursday, 11/19 at 7pm. I look forward to seeing you there!