Just as a good night’s sleep begins by using our breath to let go, a peaceful day begins in humility.
As human beings our lives are supported by the earth. The term “humility” comes from the Latin word “humilis”, and is translated not only as humble, but also as “low”, or “from the earth.” It is important to acknowledge that each day gives us an opportunity to grow and branch out like a deeply rooted tree expressing ourselves and being of service to others, just as a tree might bare fruit or offer shade for rest.
When we awaken each morning consciously aware of our potential to expand creatively as a result of our rootedness, in our job, with our family, or simply within our experience of those we may not even know we set the stage for a feeling of peace inside that will draw peace toward us like a magnet. How we feel inside will always be reflected by what we experience outside. To accept this idea we must be humble.
Tomorrow morning, whether you use an alarm clock or not, when your eyes open, TAKE PAUSE. As difficult as it might seem, no matter what you think and feel you must rush to do, take a moment and close your eyes again.
Notice your physical and mental desire to jump out of bed, especially if you’re used to rushing to the coffee pot. Without judgement, experience your five senses, noticing the smell, light flickering through your eye lids, the taste in your mouth, sounds you might hear from others in the house or outside, and finally how your body feels lying in bed, the texture of the sheets against your skin. This practice will help set a tone of presence for the day.
Place your right palm on your belly button and your left palm on your chest. Take a moment to acknowledge that today is a gift, filled with opportunities to breathe from your belly and to live from your heart. With this in mind take three long and slow complete breaths through your nose filling your hands. Allow yourself to savor each breath all the way in and all the way out.
As you arrive at the top of your last inhale — PAUSE — then sigh it out through your mouth. Take one more moment to notice how balanced you feel, relaxed, yet ready to move into the rhythms of your day.
Remember, it’s not what life throws at us; it’s how we respond that determines how we feel.
With Love & Gratitude,
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