Most look at self care practices and think...well, if only I had the extra time in my day to do it, then I would.
But, as Nitima explains in this profound meditation, there is a self care practice that doesn’t require any extra time or planning of any kind. This self care practice is the practice of being present.
Being present is an acknowledgment or awareness of what is, an acceptance of what is and an allowance of what is. It is living in the moment, without expectation or judgment. We enter the present by focusing on one-pointedness, or rather, one object of our choosing. While there are countless objects to focus on, such as a candle flame, a picture, a plant, our breath is a great gateway to the present because it literally follows us wherever we go. Once we are present, we find that every one of our senses are heightened. With our senses heightened, we feel more than we think.
Getting settled in an upright position, I dropped down into my body and focused on my breath. Focusing, I became my breath, visualizing my body as the ocean and each breath as an individual wave. I opened up my awareness to ‘feel’ my surroundings. Feeling my surroundings, I sensed aliveness within and around me. Being present, I am a witness to the magic of life.