Step into the Moment, One Toe at a Time. By Guest Blogger: Cedric Douglas Clitheroe
Guest Blogger: Cedric Douglas Clitheroe
We've created a world driven by intensity and motion, forged from action incarnate. Sometimes it's a challenge to see the interesting displays of nature and man when we're under the compounding layers of stress that daily life brings. At times it can be a challenge just to remember where our feet are right Now. Hurrying through To Do lists and chores, we lose track of the curious bird watching us from a tree branch, or the interesting way the sidewalk slopes where tree roots have pushed it askew. It's a wonder we make it through the day, let alone the week, when so much of the world we've created around us presses back on us. These are the most opportune moments to reconnect to ourselves and see the world as it is in This Moment.
I often catch myself getting sucked into the hurricane of productivity. The glorification of Busy. The grinding rat race. It's those unique moments before I go over the edge of sanity that afford me the most profound awareness. I like to remind myself to stop. See. Feel. Breathe. Why is that squirrel bobbing back and forth on the same branch? What do my toes feel like in my shoes? How peculiar the way the air feels as it fills my lungs. Sometimes it simply serves as a moment to step back. Getting so caught up in the buzz of the modern world, it's easy to lose track of what we really need. Food. Water. Shelter. Fire. and sometimes, stepping back serves to reconnect us to what is truly important. Love. Awareness. Presence. Growth.
When you find yourself gearing up for overdrive and about to crash, take a tiny step back, if only for a moment. See. Feel. Breathe. Clear yourself of the frantic hurricanes that make it hard to think. Reconnect with yourself, with your body, and with the things that are happening in that very instant. Practice makes perfect, so give it a try.
Wiggle your toes to feel the pressure against your shoes. Focus on the sensation of pressure and friction as your socks brush against the skin of your feet.
Take a slow breath. Notice how the air feels as it passes over your lip, through your nostrils, up your air ways. Notice the sensation of your lungs filling, pulled wide by the muscles of your chest wall. Feel the stretch in your front, and the natural tendency to let your head lift and even tilt back ever so slightly as you breathe in deeply. Let it out naturally, without restraint or posturing. Now breathe naturally, and notice those sensations in your regular breathing during every Moment of every day.
When you're ready, step forward again with calm clarity, bring the awareness of your most basic self, your body, and the sensation of being Present into each unique moment. feel that calm confidence of knowing that this is your moment, in this body, right Now. And when the cards stack up again, simply pause, and repeat.
Cedric Douglas Clitheroe is one of those old-world wilderness Ranger throwbacks, making his way in the modern world as a jeweler, writer, and life coach. You can get ahold of him through a number of means (Instagram, Facebook or his website), but most often you’ll find him wandering the wilderness.