We begin our morning practice with quiet moments. Taking time to connect and inventory our body’s state, to bring to mind our purpose in coming to the mat, and to bring awareness to our breath. We begin by paying attention to this moment, settling in, and laying aside distractions for a time.
This quiet effort expands my now. I notice tiny changes as they happen just now - in my mental state, my balance, my breath. And notice they are connected, each to the other. This careful awareness of tiny things carries over. Touching my awareness in often surprising way. Now, even making coffee or rolling my yoga mat are part of my yoga practice.
When Making Bean Soup
This knife, its heft and edge as I sharpen. This pepper, its sharp aroma and gloss as I slice. These beans their color and happy clatter as I pour. The meal I prepare to share in a few minutes, or a few hours. They are my well being. Already part of me as I am a part of them.
And In The Garden
Winter rains leach nutrients first absorbed by deep roots and used by trees. Then, last fall, discarded. Now fortifying topsoil I’ve nurtured these many years. Soon the vegetables we grow will find those same ions and use them. In due course I will use them too. And discard them in turn for some other’s use. These leaves too are my well being. As I rake they are already a part of me as I am a part of them.
Jamie Wyant is a retired American. After living in Valencia, Spain, he set out on a long, slow journey with his wife, Susan, and their senior cats. He writes about the joys and tribulations of living and traveling gently . Jamie also manages the technical aspects of GentleCycle.net