My youngest walks across the room at his brother’s capoeira studio and gets a piece of paper. He also brings one crayon. He colors with that crayon on the paper, then calls for me to look at it. He walks across the room again and changes crayons. He colors with the new crayon and again asks me to look at his artwork. He does this a few more times and then he is finished with his masterpiece. For now, I am his home base. He comes to me for recognition, love, comfort, and his milk.
I encourage you to think about what your “home base” is. How do you find your center? What brings you peace and calm? Is it a walk on the beach? A conversation with a friend? A hot cup of tea? A run?
I invite you now, if possible, to find a quiet place where you can spend a few minutes just being and breathing. Create a space for yourself with blankets or pillows where you can comfortably lie down. Once you are comfortable, close your eyes and allow your body to begin to relax. Feel your breath moving through you. On your next inhalation bring your breath up through the bottoms of your feet to the top of your head. As you exhale, scan your body from your head to your toes, releasing any tension you may be retaining as you breath out. Repeat this process for five to minutes.
Taking time to breathe in our busy lives is vital to our well being. I hope that you honor yourself, and return to your home base as often as needed.