Today, right now, I am here. You are here. Let's take a moment.
We can stop what we are doing and bring attention to what's actually happening.
Listening, We can notice sounds. Right now in my house it's loud. I hear people, machinery, doors, and traffic. Even with all of those sounds, the very act of listening sort of calms me.
Feeling, we sense our bodies. Sitting, feeling my bottom on the chair, I notice that my belly is surprisingly tight. I feel the heaviness in my eyes. I realize that my muscles are tighter than they need to be, and the muscles relax just a bit.
We can pull our attention inside. I start to feel my breath coming and going. Rather than make it slow down, I just follow it and notice how it is. Even though there are sounds around me and other sensations, for now I just focus on my breath. And when I realize that I'm distracted, I feel the way the breath moves my belly. It feels kind of pleasant just to breath and know that I'm breathing.
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 helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.