Extraordinary Attention

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 2
Monday, February 2, 2015

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After a panicky holy-crap scramble to get to a favorite teacher’s yoga class yesterday, I stand thrumming and spinning on my mat. Kelly stands stolidly in front of us and reminding that it isn’t about what you can and cannot do. The practice is about noticing.

Feel your feet and notice you are here.

Standing in one of the Warriors (Virabhadrasana II, probably), feeling the bite in my legs and shoulders, she invites the yogic paradox of pulling in while simultaneously reaching out.

Feel your breath and notice you are breathing.

After about a thousand Wheels/Urdhva Dhanurasanas (okay, it was three), I’m on my back, pounding and swirling, one hand on belly and one on heart. You are here, you are breathing, your heart is beating. That is what matters.

Feel your body and notice that you are alive.

My practice is about paying extraordinary attention to ordinary things.

I am here.
I am breathing.
I am alive.

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