When things are bad we try to escape, blame, criticize, judge. When things are good we wait for the “other shoe to drop.” At what point do we stop and realize that each moment has value. Each moment stands on its own and is an opportunity to be full present and empowered. So often we are blown around by our external circumstances and forget to reside right at the center. All it takes is a gentle point of contact in the body and a few breaths.
I never understood this when hearing about it until now. So, I will try to put this in simple and easy-to-understand language. When my head starts spinning with my own worry, faults, anxiety I close my eyes and take a breath. Then I move my attention to my heart center. I take a few breaths feeling the beat of my heart. After that, I move my awareness to my solar plexus and take a few moments there. I notice if it feels tight, open, or any sensations that develop. Then I move my awareness down to the navel area and sense anything there.
Just checking in on a physical level with my body frees my mind completely. I find I can do this in the midst of feeling defensive and then I can listen a little better to my husband and children. I can do this with my eyes open at a store when I feel slighted or unseen. It has been a valued addition to my daily life that teaches me to pause and notice. No longer am I so reactive to the outside world and what it offers, but I feel empowered, like I have a still point at the center to return to each moment.