8 April 2016
I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. ~Albert Einstein
I like it when, later in the day, I remember my morning horizontal and vertical stretch. Just the thought of this pose eases my shoulders out and straightens my bearing toward vertical. Suddenly I have room for more breath, and that quickly, instead of being focused ahead of myself, I stand back into the present.
I can get lost in my doing. I can get so wrapped up in it that I lose track of my being and life feels hurried and tight.
When I bring my attention onto being, it rarely changes what I’m doing, but in some subtle way, it almost always alters how I’m doing it.
That tiny expansion in my body reminds me that space is available in every moment. Our thoughts seem to all flow together, but between this one and the next it’s possible to insert a gap — and a presence.
That gap moves me beyond the horizontal plane of doing to a vertical reflection from a larger perspective. It lets me connect into the love I feel humming in the background of life that I want to embed into the doing of my hands.
That moment of conscious spaciousness opens the door both beyond me and within me, a merging at the heart of being my life.