Jill botle Taylor says in her book ‘My Stroke of Insight‘, “Your body is the life force power of some fifty trillion molecular geniuses!” How empowering would it be to become aware of these geniuses! For me I gain a some insight into this when I am able to drop awareness into my body and be in the present moment.
I find that when I practice Yoga, go running, gardening or swing a Kettlebell around I am able to really inhabit my body in the present. I feel it from the insde out. My lungs expanding and contracting like bellows nurturing a fire. My muscles feeding off that oxygen and the nutrients in my blood. My heart pumping (almost out of my chest!) blood through my veins like a river feeding the surrounding fields. I AM ALIVE! (said in a crazy Robin Williams kinda voice)
When I find myself in front of the computer (like I am now), this sense of grounding, of being in my body is shifted. I am lost in my ‘head’ or maybe my left hempisphere? I feel disconnected from the world around me, and often I feel a little lonely…
So I urge you, if you can – get up out of that seat, stretch, stomp around, connect to the ground, whatever it takes for you to conncet to those fifty trillion molecular geniuses! Be alive!
The poem below is such a beautiful description of grounding your Self in the present and inspired the above!
I Said to the Waiting Creature Inside Me
I said to the wanting creature inside me;
What is this river you want to cross?
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank or resting?
There is no river at all, no boat and no boatman.
There is no towrope either, and no-one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no fjord!
And there is no body, no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.
Be strong then and enter into your own body;
There you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don’t go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.