There is this force that I can sense when I get quiet in myself--it's a feeling of connection, a knowing that I'm not alone and that I'm not even separate, a palpable sense of connection with the air, the trees, the sounds around me. It's more subtle than the news, the angry voices, my own fears and distractions, but it never wavers. And the more I attune to it, the more I sense it.
I can feel it easily when I'm outside under the stars at night, this vast feeling of love and interconnection. I can feel it when I'm in my vegetable garden, watching the dragonflies and butterflies and blue jays and other birds coming and going.
And I can feel it with my family. When I'm sitting with one of my kids and feeling annoyed or worried, there's a lot of surface 'noise' in my consciousness. A little quietness takes me under that 'noise' to this sense of something bigger and peaceful. It connects me, not just with my child but with a big field of loving presence, making it so much easier to be quiet and listen, to allow them the space they often need from my advice or chatter.
It's sometimes harder to sense into this with a group of people because the surface 'noise' is louder, but if I feel into my body and the moment, the sense of connection is always right there.
Do you know this force? If so, please join me in attuning to it on purpose. The more we feel it, the more we feel it. And the more we feel it, the more the people around us are going to feel it. And the more we all feel it, the more the world responds to it! Along with daily meditation and mindfulness, we can strengthen this sense by paying attention, on purpose, to things that we appreciate. Beginning and ending every day simply noting three things we are grateful for will expand this sense of loving connection enormously!
Today, waking up, I am grateful for the beautiful morning and the sound of birds. Today, I am grateful that I woke to my whole family home, safe, and healthy. Today, I am grateful that there was just enough milk left to put in my coffee.
How about you?
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness has changed my life, helping me to make peace with myself as I truly am and to appreciate my family, life, and the world as they actually are.