from my archives: an invitation

{While I'm in Thailand, I am republishing favorite posts from my archives every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This post was originally published 3/20/12.}

Just breathe.

Be here, where you are, and breathe.

Take a moment to remember your essential beauty, to remember your connection to the beauty all around.

And breathe.

Notice your breath: is it tight? Is it calm? Don't try to fight it or to change it. Just sit with it, right here, right now.

Take a few moments and be quiet, if you'd like, just noticing the breath, just noticing what arises.