I wanted to share a little lighthearted gratitude to Bob Brown today.
In one of my posts titled “Daily, Ordinary Spirituality”, I asked others to share how they bring their spirituality into their daily lives. In Bob’s response, I found a little gem that I thought profound and meaningful. He was talking about remaining present and had these words to say:
“Often I will use body sensation to help me be present in this way. The sensation of butt on the chair, feet on the floor, breath coming in and out -- any or all of those do fine. Sensations exist only in the present -- where I am, where Awareness is.”
I shared this information with my sister, who is my fellow traveler on the path and best friend. During our conversations about different difficulties, or trials, we have often refered back to this tool, or concept of returning to the point of sensation, to bring ourselves back into the present moment – to awareness. We have found that presence is the best starting point for dealing with anything. Little by little, and with humor, this concept got shortened into the phrase, “Where’s my butt?” When one of us gets tied up in some drama or perceived hurt, we can each gently nudge each other back to awareness with the question, “Where’s your butt?” -- which is often followed by genuine laughter!
So thank you Bob, for touching my world in such a wonderful way. Knowing where my butt is has been a tremendous help during these wild and intense times of late!
With Love and Gratitude,