sweeping our path

On Sunday morning, I’ll be offering a new Sensing class.   Starting a new group means going into the unknown with people I have not met before.  Not knowing what will happen stirs excitement, and also trepidation – I’ve always felt some shyness in new situations.  Sensing teaches me that focusing on uncomplicated actions helps me clarify my experience, so I went out to sweep the stairs and pathway to my office.

Sweeping in the warm and humid air, letting myself enjoy the task – that is my Sensing practice today.  As I swept, I thought of my Sensing teacher, Lee Klinger Lesser.  She writes here about finding her way in a messy task.  Her teacher, Charlotte Selver, said “The best choices are made when we are simply in a thing, doing what we are doing with our whole selves.  We spend so much time in our lives wanting something, and going against it at the same time” 

For years I have had this little monk with his broom here on a shelf in my office.  Today I feel I understand how he looks so happy.

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resting deeply

To rest deeply requires trust – trust in what holds us, which allows us to yield.  Many of us describe feeling tired all the time, yet we have difficulty allowing ourselves to let go, to accept support, and to rest.  In sensing, we bring attention to what is resisting the letting go.  By bringing gentle attention to what is happening, we can feel what wants to let go, and get to know what is holding back.  Instead of distracting from fears and tightness, we become friendly with our own holding back, and only then can we begin to feel the support under us and the possibility of releasing.

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Image by Edwin Giesbers