I pour a cup of tea, look at the tag on the tea bag, and read, “Trust creates peace.” This morning’s tea wisdom is right on time.
Last week I gave a brief talk for the breath awareness group at UCSF’s Osher Center, on the quality of trust. One aspect of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) is practicing with 7 supportive qualities of mind: acceptance, patience, beginner’s mind, letting go, non-judging, non-striving. And trust.
Trust in the breath. The breath comes and goes. The body knows how to breathe, from the moment of the first inhale to the final exhale.
We tend to layer habits of thinking, emotion, and tension on top of the breath. So feeling the breath also means learning to listen… it’s a full-body listening experience. Feeling breath, the heart, your intuition, that still small voice within.
This means trusting yourself and what is true for you, which no else can define or decide. There have been many times in life when I wanted someone else to make that difficult decision for me, to tell me what’s true, to point me in the right direction, and to keep me from making mistakes (as if that were possible, or even favorable!). We learn from others’ wisdom, knowledge, and experience; and, ultimately, we breathe in each moment of our unique life.
As John Kabat-Zinn writes, “In practicing mindfulness, you are practicing taking responsibility for being yourself and learning to listen to and trust your own being.”
What gets in the way of trusting yourself? What does it feel like in your body, when you listen and trust?