Like a lot of New Yorkers, I'm a busy person! Rushing from place to place, answering endless emails, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, drinking coffee, attending meetings, scheduling, writing a class outline while riding the subway, planning dinner while walking to work.
When I get lost in this busy mind, it's hard to break loose - my thoughts flow one to the next in a never-ending stream of associations. Sometimes I miss my stop or even forget where I'm going. Where am I?
The best way to recognize where I am is to ask myself "What's happening in my body?" Using mindfulness, I pay attention to everything that I can physically feel; that my feet are cold, that the sun is warming my skin, I can hear the cars honking, and my stomach is churning. My body and its sensations are always now - not in the past or the future. Feeling my feet I realize Oh! Here I am! I guess I wasn't lost at all.
I have arrived, I am home
In the here, In the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate I dwell
Thich Nhat Hanh