I started this day in such a lovely calm way. Arranging the pillows for sitting up and leaving the light out, I put my hand on my chest and took my attention to my breathing. In and out and in and out from low down in the tummy.

I put the other hand onto my tummy and continued breathing, observing that when focussed on the breath, thoughts don’t get any space to form. There’s spaciousness. I relax into it. When Thoughts arise they just come and go. I appreciate the sensations of the comfortable warm bed.

A few thoughts tugged at me and my attention was attracted into them, and I’d get temporarily lost in the content before realising and coming back to the breath. Then I let myself remember and feel into some scenes from the dreams I was having before I awoke.

The dog comes in to greet me. I say loving things to her in an affectionate tone which she loves and it occurred to turn them towards myself too. Why not.

I love you Elsa. I’m love myself

I am your friend. I am my friend.

You’re perfect. I’m perfect.

You’re so adorable. I’m so adorable.

This I note, is a far more sane way to start a day than straight onto the screen and what is happening in the world. When I do pick up my iPad after bringing a cup of tea back to bed, it’s a nutritious interview with Bernardo Kastrup I listen to.

The world is quiet out there, people are still to arise for the day. It is beautiful. I am happy to be here. The contraction inside has released a little.

When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning. – Eckhart Tolle

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