When I sit with someone in spiritual direction, I sit with an open heart. I am relaxed. I am not caught in worries or self-absorption. I tend to be spacious and soft.
When I sit with myself, my own mind and heart, I need to ask myself: “What is your attitude?”
Can I allow what arises to just arise?
Can I put down expectations for how I should feel, think, exist?
Can this breath, this flow of thought, this warmth, and this desire for this to be different, be held in an attitude of respect? Trust? Kind curiosity?