I’m working in a new place today.
Never worked there before, and I’m aware of lots of fantasies and mental rehearsals taking place in the brain, and consequent tensions in the body. Or is it the other way around? Whatever it is, it is pointless and unpleasant, and the temptation is to indulge my brain in having even more pointless speculations on how such behaviours might have developed in the body, and to what ends.
It is all so exhausting for the brain/body, which is now tempted to speculate as to when it will get the message and let go of it. Another dead-end.
In the meantime, I revolve my awareness of everything that is not “I am” to assist in centring. I feel the soles of my feet, my fingers, the sounds around me, what I am looking at, and (a new one for me, but useful) the tension between my lightly clenched teeth.
As Corvus puts it in the Shiny Objects Blog “I am This, everything else is that.”