During tea following last night’s meditation, six of us sat for a while to share questions and observations of our practice. Jenny explained that she’d changed her inner instructions from “again and again, direct attention to your breath” to asking “where’s my breath?” This approach, this shift from instructing to inquiring, helped settle her busy mind into state of warmth and quiet.
This morning I read that the word “attention” comes from the Latin, ad tendere, which means to stretch. Giving ourselves the gift of attention — that is, being loving towards ourselves — also stretches our hearts towards others. Knowing that my friend works at hospice reminds me of the necessity to stretch kind attention, first towards my/self and from there to others.