Ever notice yourself holding your breath or crushing the steering wheel without even thinking about it? Do you have receding gums or exposed enamel because you keep smashing your toothbrush into your teeth while brushing? I am sometimes guilty of clenching my jaw when concentrating hard on something or when I find myself getting upset - or am I getting angry because I’m clenching my jaw?.
Recently I was doing an early morning trail run along the Chattahoochee River here in Atlanta. It was going well, relatively speaking as I’m not exactly an aerobic monster, until I tripped over a tree stump and bit it. Hard.
But I wasn’t injured, I was actually exhilarated. Because the fall made me realize that right before the wipe out I had been pulled out of the present moment – stuck in thought - and a few scrapes brought me right back. It didn’t hurt because the acuity of the moment didn’t allow me to label it as good or bad. It just was. I got up with a newfound sense of presence and kept running.
When is the last time you felt something without trying to label it? It's as if we can't help ourselves...