I took this photo of the morning sky a few days ago. The sun was low on the horizon and as it rose the heat was burning off a cool, grey spring fog. I was standing in the parking lot at the studio. There was noone else around – people or cars. The new normal.
I stood with my face towards the sky and closed my eyes. I felt both the cool of the early morning air and the warmth of the sun on my face. I noticed the quiet, or maybe it was the lack of the usual noise.
I took a deep breath – eyes still closed – and noticed how as I exhaled I settled into my body. My awareness shifted to my feet. Firmly planted on the ground, of course. Good to remember.
Not sure how long I stood there but it wasn’t more than a couple of breaths. When I opened my eyes the sky was different. The fog had dissipated and the sun was too bright to look at, no longer covered.
The fog in my brain had cleared too. Anyone else experiencing such a fog these days?
As I recognized how that brief pause and breath had changed me, a thought showed up; everything changes. Every moment is different than the one before it. It’s a law of life.
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” -Heraclitus
Not comfortable how you’re feeling right now? Noticing a fog, an uneasiness, fear, the uncertainty? Normal. Completely, totally, normal.
Breathe and let it be. Acknowledge it, feel it, label it – let it move right through you. No need to armour. Or avoid. Or numb. Everything changes. Just breathe.