I told you months ago about the book that really got me into practicing meditation, now a few times a week. The concepts outlined in Thich Nhat Hanh’s You Are Here have made me more mindful of who I am, where I am and what I bring to the world.
There is one strategy in particular that I took from the book that I want to share with you today. It is simply a phrase that – along with taking long, deep breaths – helps me re-center myself whenever I feel “off” or out of balance for some reason during the day. I memorized it, not just for memorization’s sake, but because I found that it works for me.
Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.
It is what I chant to myself as I inhale and exhale, not just during sitting or walking mediation, but also when I’m waiting in a long line at the grocery store or stuck in traffic or just waking up in the morning to an inbox full of emails and to-dos.
In this way, I remember to pay attention to my breath, no matter what is happening around me. I force myself to stop and acknowledge the fact that I am here.
Sometimes, I modify the phrase.
Breathing in, I am here and I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I am here and I know that I am breathing out.
Do you have a strategy or phrase that brings you back to center during the day? If you choose to try this one out for yourself, let me know how it works for you!