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Columns

Be here now

Entering into life fully makes sense on a beautiful Hawaiian shore, but even Hawaii is now in the midst of this horrible coronavirus.  In most every corner of the world we’re told to stay 6 feet apart, cover our faces, don’t visit others – for some of us this means even our parents and most cherished loved ones. To say this corona chaos hasn’t been easy is an understatement for many of greatest and tragic proportions.

There’s the inevitable calm after the storm to look forward to, but in the meantime how can we experience calm in the storm? Even though the storm we’re in may be changing course slightly it doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. Isolation can take its toll. In isolation we’re forced to listen to the sounds of silence. If ever there was an opportunity to listen, really listen attentively to what these sounds are saying, it sure is now.

So, here’s a little meditative moment to try:

Turn off the computers, televisions, phones, all electronics, and quietly listen to the person who is constantly talking to you. In fact, this person has been endlessly talking to you for years.

Have you heard?

Listen to the chatter in your head that’s going on day in and day out. You think you finally go to sleep at night….Ha! You’re talking to yourself in your dreams too! The inner self talks to you every moment of the day and night and it’s exhausted. It needs a time out - a time to reframe, refocus, refresh.  In fact, a time out on a daily basis would be a mighty fine thing in deed.

Most of us are so busy following our mind chatter, we aren’t listening carefully to what it’s saying and how it’s directing us. The mind goes on auto-drive for so long it’s easy to forget who the driver really is. First that inner voice says this, then left turns to that, then switches to another lane, another destination, another judgement, another frustration, on and on and…

So, take a moment to be here now. It’s not just the office or home that needs a spring cleaning, it’s also the busy over-cluttered mind. Take just a few minutes today and watch. Watch where your mind goes and see if you can simply give it a rest. Come to where you are right now. Silence. Breath. Spring clean out the mind clutter with the exhale.

Inhale your focus to the steady movement of your breath. Notice the cool air coming in, the warm air going out. Can you feel this? Watch closely because it’s quite subtle - cool breath in, warm breath out. Just a few moments today, a few moments tomorrow.

After the storm and through it - be here now.

Joan can be reached at editorial@kcchronicle.com. She is a resident of St. Charles. Her website is Yoyoga.com.

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