Take a deep breath and slowly let it out — 2022 is here. All the unsettling news from 2021 seems not to have noticed the change and galloped right into the New Year.
Another surge of the pandemic. The same political strife. The aches and pains in our bodies and psyches can seem overwhelming. It’s time to unbuckle them.
Lately I have been writing poems to use in my meditation class and posting them on my podcast, Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker. I have written about six poems in the last two weeks, and want to share this one, called “Unbuckle,” with you. Here’s how it came about:
One day I was in bed and everything was hurting. I rolled over on my belly to soften and do a body scan. And I had this image of those buckles that are on steamer trunks that have the metal piece that goes down around in the latch. I had this image of unbuckling and releasing, unbuckling and releasing.
When I got into my torso, I thought: I wonder if anybody’s ever talked about unbuckling the heart? I’ve heard unchain the heart, but I’ve never heard unbuckle the heart. Then I thought, what if you could release everything that’s negative? What would you be making room for?
Here’s the poem:
Since I wrote this poem and started sharing it, a woman who is my age shared it with her mother, who is in charge of poetry at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in San Diego, where I have been involved for more than 20 years. They have asked me to present it for their Jewish Voices poetry series January 24, and it will also be broadcast on Zoom because of the pandemic.
Poetry in guided meditations is about going on a journey. As we start the journey into 2022, what can you leave behind to lighten your load?
Here’s another New Year’s meditation that I did for my group called “Clear A Path.” I hope it too can help you let go of what did not serve you, and create a vision board in your mind for joy, peace, love, calm, caring, compassion — whatever you want to experience in 2022.