But if you read his books, they are filled with wisdom about being real about the human condition. We all suffer to varying degrees.

He encourages us to not avoid or deny our pains and discomforts but rather find within us that capacity for compassion, empathy, and understanding, and this in turn translates into us becoming compassionate, empathetic and understanding of others.


What I’m most curious about is what is the mechanism that brings our awareness back to the body when we’ve drifted into thinking and into an out-of-body zone?

In a yoga class, or a meditation class, you may be asked to become aware of when you are thinking and gently return attention to your breath and back to the body, allowing the thoughts to be recognized and then let go.

But that moment of realizing that you’ve been out of the body thinking about something of past or future means that you’ve already become conscious that you’ve left the body and spirit behind, much the same way Thoreau describes.

We’re wandering around in this mental space and then we realize we’ve “left” and are not present to the moment. So the question remains:

What is it that makes us aware and take notice that we’ve left the present moment?

Well I don’t have an answer, but I’ll offer a fun imaginative and maybe even true possibility.

Our Spirit

Or soul, consciousness, or whatever you wish to name that “abstract concept” that takes form in the physical body (= embodiment).

Our spirit needs to be in the body to experience and express everything from within this beautiful miraculous organism. So when we “leave” the body and go into the space of thoughts that we call mind, our spirit nudges us to remember our body and remember that our mind is to be in service to our spirit, in service to the callings of our heart and the only way that service is going to happen is when we’re embodied.

So loved ones, enjoy your body. Be in it. Nourish it. Breathe consciously. Be grateful for this physical body miracle. Be with the discomforts with loving-kindness and compassion. Let your spirit be fully embodied and let your mind be in service to your heart.

Love to you, You are love

What’s the fastest way to be in your body?

that you can practice any where, any time, any place


Eckart Tolle describes, “one conscious breath is meditation”

You can practice

conscious breathing

anywhere, anytime, any place.

Throughout the day PAUSE, BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY, and feel the difference. It feels good which makes it effortless and enjoyable.

The more you pause and breathe consciously, the more you’ll be present to the moments. Being present and embodied will assist you in handling stress and you’ll gain the capacity to be see what’s there for you from a soul perspective, rather than a “why is this happening to me?” perspective

Take a deep breath and

Be Here Now

Say this phrase throughout the day and find yourself instantly embodied and present.
Pin it up around your home and work place as a reminder.

Do you live Locally and Luckily in the Byron Shire?
Here are a few links to offerings that I recommend to help support you in being fully embodied – the union of body/mind/spirit:

Yin Yoga

Longer held stretches coupled with an intention to breathe consciously and be present to whatever arises physically, emotionally, mentally with compassion and understanding.


Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a nourishing practice which soothes the nervous system, calms the mind and creates deep inner peace.

• Womens Restorative Yoga with Star Despres


• Restorative Yoga with Deb Manoy
at Yoga Peace Weds 6-7:30pm



Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra with Dr. Lauren Tober

iRest provides you with tools to help you relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency, improve your interpersonal relationships and provide you with greater mastery and control in your life.



Soma Yoga

with Nirupa Hoffman

A Somatic approach to Yoga inviting a gentle and slow exploration of movement with a focus on nourishing the nervous system.
Primal movement patterns, gentle asana, inner tracking and natural breath restores our capacity for self regulation and rejuvenation.
This movement practice is suitable for all levels.


Aesha Kennedy sign off