Any time hustle and bustle, memories or grief, the suffering you read about in the news or know is happening next door, or even a sheet pan of overcooked cookies winds you up, do this:
Breathe in… pause… sip in a little more. Pause. Sigh LOUDLY.
Simple but it works.
Try it now.
Breathe in…. Hold it (without tensing your shoulders or jaw)… sip in some more air… EXHALE with a whoosh.
The body is the fastest way in to being present, to feeling your feelings, to dropping your stories about how things should be or who you should be.
The body helps you let go and be fully here.
That’s what you want, deep down, right? To be here for this actual life, not the life that is going to start when everything on your list is accomplished and everyone on planet earth is happy.
The body helps us remember to be alive now.
So easy to forget.
Let the breath bring you home.
Be here for it all.