Dear spirit of gentle compassion.
Look at your toes. Count them. Move them slowly one by one. They are connected to your feet on which you will walk the earth and feel the ground. Stay connected to your toes. They are beautiful and an object of balance. Never let them forget the cool sensation of morning dew in the grass, the coarse embrace of sand, the uncertainty of wet stone. Stay awake to the world through your toes.
Look at your fingers. Count them. Move them slowly one by one. They are connected to your hands. Stay connected to your fingers. You will use them to do your work. They are beautiful and the object of service. Never let your fingers forget the warmth of a loved one’s hand, the freedom of an unclenched fist, and the joy of Christmas cookie dough. Stay awake to the world through your fingers.
Breathe deeply and feel your heart. Feel the gentle pulse. This is the core of your being. Stay connected to your heart. Your heart knows love. It will provide clarity of moments of doubt, strength in moments of weakness, and connection in moments of loneliness. Beyond intuition and faith, rely on the power of your heart. Stay awake to the world through your heart.