Tamara Willems

girl, put the kettle on…

The week begins in high anxiety, 
which I can tell you feels like a constant  
churning inside 
worries of unknown origin 
incessant  
gnawing 
some sort of invisible thing 
chewing away at small pieces inside 
of me 
or running wildly on a wheel to get  
very quickly 
nowhere 

Ugh…  really is my first thought 
I know this feeling well 
can recognize it almost instantly 
comes as a  
cycle 
shift I think, in hormones 
or something 
pays no dividends to fight it 
wastes precious time and energy trying to  
sort it out 
best thing I know, is just 
to 
put the kettle on 
invite it in… 

which is to say, as always  
to begin with slowly 
deeply, breathing  
in 

and a meditation of loving kindness 
which begins simply  
with me 
May I be guided kindly and gently through my day 
then I expand out, to my family of loved ones 
one by  
one, repeating…
as I have to be at work 
I spend my morning repeating the mantra 
for each of my co-workers  
by name 
past and present 

then, if you are needing…  I think of you
and I wish you well  
in this moment, I say your name 
May you be guided kindly and gently through your day 
I breathe 

each time the monkey chatter begins again 
I return to breath,   
slow the moment 
focus inward 
expanding my circle of compassion 
May you  
be guided kindly and gently  
through  
your day 

I breathe this in 
I breathe this 
out 

I breathe in the pain, the  
worries 
the inadequacies 
I breathe in the frustrations, the overwhelms 
the aggressions 
I breathe out love, forgiveness, kindness,  
tender 
ness 
and peace 

I do this slowly and methodically  
letting the words flow through me 
gently, inhale…  gently, exhale… 
until I am once again breathing 

Love
Kindness
and  
Peace
in a slow rhythmic grace 

freely in 
freely 
out 

then…   I take a walk in the sun 
and 
speak to the flowers 

as they almost always, have something lovely 
to say ♥

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