CENTERED

Deepen the stability and ease

the body offers

with awareness of the body

 

in the body

Sense the movement of the mind

from the palms and soles

 

inward. Not just to the shoulders

and lower back, but through to the throat

and to the heart and lungs

 

Then through the legs to the gut

and to the sex

Then let the mind trace its movement

 

along the length of the spine

Not just to the back of the head, but inward

to the brain

 

with unfailing awareness

and the deepening presence of the out breath

encounter in turn all the demons

 

that drive you here and there

And with the entire body, the mind

centered at the gut,

 

with all the senses open,

experience abiding presence

here where you are

 

and there wherever you go

despite the forces of your mind

that engulf you from without

 

And with the mind centered at the heart,

with all the senses open, experience whatever arises

in this place, in this body

 

in whatever activity you engage in

with unrivaled acceptance

Embrace the other as no different

 

than yourself

and with the mind riding

the wind of its voice

 

say what you will say it

and sing it even as you breathe

the silence in

 

even as the world

rages and falls apart

all around you

 

listening

with the body entire

listening

 

listening

 

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