August 4, 2008

The Cranky Days

“I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.”  – James Thurber

And there come days, the cranky days, when you may feel tired, overwrought, weighed down. When such days come, you needn’t struggle. Because maybe, just maybe, it’s okay to be cranky.

Let go of visualization, of what you want, and especially what you DON’T want. Release yourself from self-judgment.

Perhaps you awoke today with a dull ache in the head — or in the heart. Are you dreading the week ahead? Or can you step back and simply observe where you are now?

Bring your attention to your physical sensations. Observe them. No need to escape from them, or even try to meditate them away. The act of observing initiates the process of release.

Then listen to the sounds of the world around you, starting with those closest to you: Inhalation and exhalation. The little creak of vertebrae shifting as you take a deeper breath and sigh. The pulsing of your heart.

Expand your perception: Hear the house shifting around you as it, too, awakes for the day. Hear the birds outside your window… a car passing in the street.

Then, look around you. Let your eyes roam and take in colors, textures, patterns. See how the leaves flutter on a tree as the wind blows past. See the perfect symmetry of a flower.

And suddenly, in this moment, it’s all perfect. Even the tug at your mind of the ten thousands things that beg for your attention this day, this week. Even the little crankiness you awoke to. All of it in a simple moment.

The Creative Moment that is Now.


This week, practice pausing and checking in with your physical sensations whenever you feel rushed or edgy. All it takes is five minutes to shift your perspective and find peace in a simple moment.

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