February 26, 2013

Mindfulness


Close my eyes.

Breathe.

Pay attention.

Listen.

Worries, worries, worries, weaving through my mind, wind whipping them around as they bounce off the walls. Worries, worries, worries.

Breathe.

Thoughts like leaves floating on a stream, bobbing along the surface, slowly passing by.

Notice them. Let them pass. More will come. Let them pass.

Pay attention.

My forehead is pinched, my jaw is tense, my shoulders drawn in. Notice it. Realize. Relax.

How long have I been tense like that? Gentle curiosity, nonjudgment, awareness.

Listen.

Feel more connected. Cars driving by, the swoosh of tires over wet pavement, a child singing outside. So much life everywhere.

Open my eyes.