Sunday, November 01, 2009

Day One: Sensing Legs

As long as I am alive, I am breathing. Can I have the richness of life, where many times in the day, I know I am breathing, when I feel the sensation of my breath coming in and out?


This is the word for feeling myself physically. For you feeling yourself physically.

Can you sense right now where your right arm is, and the shape of it and the feel of it from the inside and outside, the bones and muscles and skin and aliveness of your arm?

Now sense your left arm.

How did you make that switch?

Who made that switch?

Now sense your right leg. Now sense your left leg, filling in all that you can, your toes, your ankles, your knee, your calf, your thigh, all the way up to your hip socket.
Where is the hip joint?

Sense and see if you can find it

Now sense your right leg, all of it.

Now sense both legs. See if that brightens your sense of yourself, bring you back in a concrete way to NOW.


This is an extremely down to Earth / can’t-fool-yourself way to wake up to now. It’s easy enough to say, “Oh, of course, I’m being present,” and to just be saying words without any ongoing anchor in the present. To sense ourselves, we have to be present to ourselves.

Sensing our legs, both right and left, that is the game for today. Give it a try. Have fun. Keep coming back and back and back. To now. To sensing. Even now, as you read these words.

Right now.

The journey will last 108 days. Each day will offer something small or large to follow in our awareness, in our waking up to now.

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