It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind. – C.S. Lewis
Hi Friends. It is the morning after the 2020 election. I am sad and confused. Not because my Presidential candidate has lost. No one knows yet. To be clear, I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I am sad and confused because of how many people voted for Trump. I am sad and confused that after he has proven himself over and over again as a cruel and totally offensive human being, that so many people chose him to represent the United States to the world, and be able to make incredibly powerful decision.
If I acted that way, you would never read my blog or take a yoga class from me. So, why on earth have “you” chosen him as President?
Even though he has not won, I am heartbroken by how many have cast their vote for him. And the more I dwell on it, the more my focus and whole experience is sucked into that heartache and anger. And the reality is, that while this is truly how I am thinking and feeling, there are other things that I am also thinking and feeling.
It is a GORGEOUS day in central Illinois. We have really wonderful neighbors, all around us. My dog has started to bring the ball back after I throw it. I’m enjoying drinking black tea in the morning so much more than I expected. I’m sitting outside right now and there are birds, a breeze, and no mosquitoes.
The Meditation Mantra of the Month is DRISHTI — your focal point. What your focusing your gaze and your mind on makes a huge difference in a yoga pose. Whether you are focused on your big toe, your fingertips, or the corner where the ceiling and the wall meet, your focal point can ground you in your body and tether your mind to the present. Or Not. Your focal point could also cause you to be off balance, distracted, and stuck.
The Practice for today is the 5 Senses Check In. You name out loud or write down the 5 senses you are experiencing right now. This draws your attention inward, which will naturally Calm You Down, and get you grounded how you are in your whole body, not just in your head. I encourage you to take a picture of a moment of your daily life…not just the most fantastical place you want to be. When you get distracted by the big thoughts in your head, pull that picture out. You will remember the 5 senses just by looking at it, I’ll bet. And that will nudge you to check in on your senses where you are at that moment.
Here’s The Practice –
- 5 colors
- 4 textures/temperatures
- 3 sounds
- 2 smells (smell you first)
- 1 taste