Ever notice, while folding pillow cases, that you're holding tightly to something? not the pillow case...If your body was a fist, it would be a clenched one? Maybe you've been walking around, even sleeping with this body fist, un-aware how tense you are over ~
grief over a loss
an argument with your lover
worry about an ill friend
that extra ten lbs
not knowing what the next step is
deep sadness that Donald Trump was born in the United States
Is he? Can someone check that, please?
Once aware, you decide to keep choking this whatever it is right now feeling, believing sheer force will make it disappear. You squeeze and clench and grit your teeth until whatever is bothering you has passed out. Once that messy feeling biz is over, you'll peacefully run through a meadow of yellow flowers in a pretty form-fitting sundress.
That's how it works, right?
making a fist with both hands.
tight tight tight.
hold your breath too.
hold hold hold
then open your mouth
let the air rush out
open fingers like tiny wings
float the palms up + out to your sides
breathe so so slowly
You could argue that this little hand/breathing exercise doesn't solve a thing.
But this experienced (exhausted) problem-solver pledges that a simple hands-open practice creates a path for that which cannot be solved to travel. Grief will not be choked away. A hard position never leads to peace. Worry won't cure cancer. Not knowing and uncertainty is the very mystery of life.
Mystery won't be wrestled to the ground.
Open your hands, palms up.
Float them quietly over your heart.
Breathe like a sleeping baby.
Wear a half-smile on your face.