Last night I broke a glass in my apartment, and as I was cleaning up the mess I realized that this was the third or fourth glass that I've broken in the past few weeks. As I was picking up the shattered pieces I realized that I've been moving through the world with a huge division between my body and my mind. My mind goes in one direction while my body operates as a disconnected entity. I bump into things, drop objects, and spill coffee. "Lost in thought" perfectly describes the way I've been moving through the world recently. I was reading Sharon’s post this morning and saw this:
Through mindfulness we can see that the interpretation, the feeling about what has arisen, the ideas about it, are not an inherent part of that particular experience…This week we experiment with applying this understanding to our experience of our bodies – through a body scan, through movement meditation, and through adding the experience of different physical sensations to our awareness of the breath.
Perfect—this is exactly what my practice has been lacking. So this week my goal is to bring my attention back to my body when I'm sitting. I'm going to consciously work with my body to soften the tensions that arise when my mind begins to wander. I'm hoping this will help me develop attention and foster a deeper connection between my thoughts and physical actions. If all goes well, I won't be cleaning up any more broken glass!