This practice is helpful, not only in the morning, but throughout the day.
We do not always have half an hour to devote to meditation before we leave the house—maybe we seldom do or maybe something unexpected came up that morning.
Whatever the case, we need to center ourselves before we leave the house. We need to come back to who we actually are, which is not an idea, but a presence that is unfolding. We need to give our self a second to touch and be touched by this presence, allowing our thought processes to reflect this living reality.
When said mindfully and silently, this prayer has the ability to save us from the violence and hysteria of the ego-centric mind. It brings us back to our Self and reconnects our intention with what our body deems important. This is helpful, not only in the morning, but throughout the day when we feel ourselves being carried off by the raging waters of busy-ness, self-consciousness, insecurity, and aggression.
When we feel ourselves getting lost in multiplicity, a slow and mindful practice, such as this one, enables us to come back to our center, where we are not divided or broken, but whole and complete. Then we come out of our fullness and contribute something healthy and vital to the world.
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Ed: Sara Crolick