the matter of grey matter
The mighty mind. The brilliant brain. Where grey matter matters.
Many of us view our minds as the essence of who we truly are. The ‘real’ us. Thereby relegating our bodies to the role of receptacles that house our ever-important thoughts, ideas, visions and brainwaves.
Our minds are the mighty monster machines that leap moments in a single bound; jumping from past to future faster than a speeding bullet.
But our bodies cannot be anywhere else but here. They can’t drift off on fantastical adventures. They are rooted here. They root us here. They are tailor-made for the present moment.
Think of a time when your mind was drifting off from what was in front of you to somewhere else. Then, all of a sudden, a physical discomfort, or tickle or itch brought you back to the moment where the discomfort, tickle or itch actually existed. Brought you back to your body that was still right where your mind left it to wonder, desire, fret, consider or ruminate.
Trying to think of being in the present moment or attempting to will yourself to be present doesn’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried. The present moment is not in your mind. It’s waiting for you to be discovered in your body.
Sitting, breathing and settling your restless mind on the grounded-ness of your body is a start to discovering the present moment right there in your body, in your breath.
In this way, the body is like a magnet, pulling the present moment to you and gently inviting your mind to come in. To come in, settle in and rest.
Even right now, this very second, let your mind rest on the breath moving through your body, filling and emptying.
By noticing the breath moving in your body, the present moment is magnetically drawn to you. Your body, firmly rooted in the present, invites, this moment to stop by for a visit.
And the body continues to greet you each time your wandering mind recognizes the breath’s movement, stops to engage and watch then choosing to sit for a moment with it.