I continue to practice being present everyday in all of my moments. This morning while on holiday I let myself wake up naturally which happened to be right as the sun was rising for a new day.
I made a coffee and sat out on our balcony and looked out into the vast ocean in front of me and listened to the crash of the waves.
As I closed my eyes, I tapped into my senses and began practicing my pratyahara one of the 8 limb paths. I took in the smells, sounds, feelings and touches. Immediately, I was brought back to my youth and my love for the ocean.
When growing up in Maine every summer I always gravitated to the ocean when life threw curve balls. The sea was my bff...and the clouds were my protectors. I used to think of them as hugs when I would raise my toes to tickle them. I always would close my eyes and picture them wrapping me up and keeping me safe. ☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️
As I would lie on the beach I would listen to the crash of the waves...... It always felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders .....and now as an adult I continue to reflect in my practice and to my students that the sounds of a crashing wave can sometimes feel as if we are beginning to let go of any and all burdens we carry.
So as you begin your day which I love to call as " lifes new chapter", wake up and take things in that surround your morning/afternoon & night. Sip and savor the sunrises, sunsets, the hellos, the conversations and the smiles... These are all precious precious moments of time.
Practice your own pratyahara. Take in life through a whole new lens, you would be amazed at what you will capture when you tune in more....
Enjoy the journey........I know I am ...starting with tickling some clouds this morning-
Love & Light-