A Simple Tool for Centering Yourself: My “Spatial Litany”

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Enjoying the view at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland ~ Photo by Dave Marcus

In my last post, I wrote about simplifying life by becoming aware of our Being, and living from there with Non-Doing.

We can remind ourselves to come back to Being – centering ourselves again and again and again – in so many ways. Here’s my latest simple key. I’m calling it my “spatial litany”. It goes like this:

Neck free.

Feet to the ground.

Sky above.

Wide all around.

Again….even simpler:

Neck.

Feet.

Sky.

Wide.*

When you’re thinking these words, don’t think “about” them so much, but let your awareness float gently and with meaning to the spatial areas denoted by the words. Simply “touch” your neck, feet, and sky with the feather-touch of your awareness. When you get to the word “wide”, let your whole body expand-dissolve-evaporate-melt subtly into the space on all sides around you. Don’t try hard – just imagine and wonder for a moment, then move onto the next idea. Don’t stay with any idea for too long – keep it SIMPLE!

Try this now: what happens if you think/embody the thoughts offered below? Give each thought just a bit of time. Don’t rush! Because it’s a “spatial” litany, it’s important that you let the words permeate your body, and that you let your whole self open up into the space around you. Let your mind drop into your body, and let your body open up into space.

“I don’t have to do anything….
I have time………..”

“Neck

Feet

Sky

Wide….”

REPEAT.

and repeat again.

And again……and again again again…

It takes practice to be able to maintain the embodied ideas of Neck-Feet-Sky-Wide all at the same time, but once you are able to do this, you will find that your vertical and horizontal awareness wakes up and becomes three-dimensional. It’s a challenge, but not too difficult, if you give it some time and attention. I promise – it’s worth it if you do!

As for me, this little litany opens up my breathing. I enjoyed reciting it on my walk today. It made me happy.

I’d love to hear how you respond to these thoughts? Let us know in the comments below! 

*Special thanks to my friend and colleague, Mio Morales, for his suggestion to add “Wide”, which makes the litany complete. 🙂

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A Simple Tool for Centering Yourself: My “Spatial Litany” — 12 Comments

  1. I’ve never thought of this before…..but it is something that I’m going to take into account with my next practice tomorrow.
    Very interesting and thought provoking to simply put those key words out there and become aware of what is around you in a more finite sense. Thank you.

  2. Thanks very much for this. By including the feet I’ve become more grounded and whole. It’s helping me to avoid focussing on only one area and have more of a sense of being 3 dimensional. Going to practice this more.

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