A few days ago, I was sitting on my yoga mat, ready to melt into a restorative yoga class. As an opening, our teacher Kimi guided us through a little meditation. While doing so, she kept repeating the little sentence “I am here.”
Of course I’m here, I thought – until it dawned on me that “I am here” means way more than the location of my body.
I noticed how my thoughts, with emotions attached, were traveling to different places, people, things and times all the time. They weren’t actually “here”.
With every “I am here” I brought a bit more of myself back into my body.
With every “I am here” I was reminded of the ever-present present moment.
With every “I am here” I felt a little bit more whole.
Until, at the end of class, I felt a lot more whole.
“I am here” has become my mantra for these days. When I think it, I notice how true it feels in that given moment. It gives me an idea of how present I am within myself.
It also reminds me that I’m more than my thoughts and emotions and much more healthy, happy and peaceful when I – fully – am where I am.
Try it for yourself and let me know about your experience!