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tuning in


First, I turn my attention within,
to my own being.

Like a sailor scanning the horizon
for anything worth noting,
I look around inside
for any sensation
that might be seeking my attention.

I am not on a mission to find anything.
I’m just looking, sensing, exploring,
open to connecting with all that lives
in the vast ocean within.

If nothing greets me right away,
I take a few breaths.

But it rarely takes long
before undercurrents start revealing themselves,
a feeling of fullness in the belly,
general tiredness,
the lively beat of my heart,
a sense of tightness
or spaciousness
in the chest.

Tuning in is the most important thing.
Once I do, I am off
and sailing

with life force as the wind
guiding me

Tesa Silvestre,
Bali 2011