Who Are You?

As I considered this week’s suggested practice, I came across one of my favorite quotes from poet and naturalist, Diane Ackerman. It is a lyrical consideration of the multiple aspects of the self:


“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? …We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.”

As I reflect on this quote, I imagine all of the potential roles we might play in life: child, parent, friend, co-worker, mentor, etc. What might we find beyond these defining perspectives? Is there an essential, core being that transcends all of these roles?

Suggested practice this week:  Who are you, beyond the story?

– Arriving in the moment, connect with the breath

– Notice the movement of the breath throughout the body and the sensations that arise

– Bringing the breath deep within the body, grounded and centered through the hips and legs, notice where the feet meet the floor

– Saying yes to whatever sensations arise without judgment, notice what is there for you right now

What would it be like to simply be a body breathing?

What would it be like to allow yourself to simply be a body breathing, without a story?

As you play with this practice, is it possible to allow yourself the gift of feeling a greater sense of freedom? Notice whatever arises, perhaps with a sense of wonder and discovery. Are you surprised?

Have a great week!!

Aurora Hutchinson

Aurora Hutchinson

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A. teaches meditation and other wellness classes at The Mindfulness Center. She conducts corporate seminars and sees private clients seeking to learn meditation for stress management, improved health, career and family support. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, specifically Psychopharmacology. In addition, Aurora is completing dissertation work for her Ph.D. in Psychology at American University, specializing in the Psychobiology of Healing. She has completed Meditation Teacher Training with Dr. Deborah Norris, Founder and Director of The Mindfulness Center, and is currently enrolled in TMC’s Yoga Teacher Training program. Aurora has also received training in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her passion as a scientist is not only in advancing the scientific knowledge of mind-body therapies, but also in promoting and practicing evidence-based, best practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers and corporate settings to empower and serve others.

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