Navigating life with all its emotionally ladened content is extremely difficult. We react emotionally to everything we think or that is projected towards us. If someone attacks us verbally or challenges our thinking or beliefs we can get defensive, attack back, suppress or collapse. These are typical ego responses that we all learned in our families and communities, but they are not our only choices. There is this amazing thing we can work on and do to steer our ship and stay on track as we move through the choppy waves of life. It has been called many things: staying clear, staying centered, staying present, staying grounded, being nonreactive, and so forth. The question is, how do we do this? How can we practice this in our daily lives so that we can stay true to who we are and what we believe and stay in that real and wholesome feeling state regardless of what people are saying and doing around us?? I have been working on this for quite some time, and here is what I have come to. By always keeping some part of my awareness connected to sensing my body while I think, speak, or act I can maintain a better sense of balance and composure. By consciously staying connected to my body I can feel more connected to something bigger and vaster than my little ego and mind. I actually think differently when I am connected to my body like this. This allows me to ride the waves of the troubled waters I find myself in. So stay consciously aware and connected to some part of your body. It is not only your vehicle for navigating this dimension, it is also your vehicle for connecting to your higher Self and the peace and clarity that emanates from there.