The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ∼ W.B. Yeats
Perception is everything. A shift of thought, seeing something as if for the first time, becoming still, and paying attention; these are a few ways to change how we experience life.
We sometimes go through life on autopilot, running from one place to another, going along with what “everybody else” is doing or believing, or zoning out to avoid what feels overwhelming to us. We can feel we are on a hamster wheel, getting further behind. But in reality, there is nowhere to go. You are already here. Right now. In yoga, we use our senses to bring awareness to the present moment. We start by feeling the gift of one breath at a time. We pay attention to the life-giving breath that flows in and out, whether we think about it or not. And, like magic, we can also participate in this breathing process:
Feel your physical body, supported by mother earth.
Feel the natural flow of your breath, just as it is.
Notice the rhythm of the breath.
Feel where each phase of breath begins and ends.
Notice the pause between each phase of breath.
Now, gently lengthen the end of the next inhale.
Gently lengthen the end of the next exhale.
Feel yourself getting into the rhythm of the breath and participating in it.
As the breath slows, appreciate the miracle of each breath.
Appreciate the miracle of life, given one breath at a time.
Life is like the breath. We can just let it happen, or we can treasure it. We can tune in right where we are to our gut feelings and to the whispers of the soul. As we begin to pay attention, we begin to understand who we are. We begin to notice and use our own unique gifts, talents, and interests that can contribute to the beauty of this world. This life is a magical opportunity.
We can pay attention to the magic of nature, including the miracle of having this human body. Begin by appreciating what your physical body can do, even with its limitations. Feel how it allows you to experience everything in life. It allows you to give a hug, to move, to create, to experience.
Use your senses today to fully experience everything right where you are. See the beauty of a flower. Hear the sound of birds chirping. Feel a cool breeze. Smell your herbal tea. Taste a crisp ripe apple. Really see the people in your life. Listen intently without planning what you will say. These simple shifts are magical. They make us aware and able to participate in our connection with each other and with all of life.
What magic will you find and create in the world today?
Blessings, love and light,
Oct2018 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.