Gathas are short poems to help bring our focus to the present moment. In our Plum Village traditions, we often practice breathing with gathas to guide our in-breath and our out-breath. We have many Plum Village gathas and we can write new gathas.
Sometimes when we practice or offer trauma-informed mindfulness in sangha, we might not focus on the breath. We might not choose to close our eyes. We may choose to write a new gatha for own practice.
Here is a gatha for you may wish to try walking, sitting, or laying down, eyes open or closed.
A Gatha for Grounding.
I feel the ground solid below me
I grow more solid and free.
In, solid below me
Out, solid and free.
I hear sounds and name colors I see
I soothe my body, mind and heart
In, sounds and colors