This week our intention is to celebrate “living in the moment”.
This follows on nicely from last week’s focus on “non-judgement”, because when we are being mindful about whatever is happening or presenting itself ‘right now’, we bring awareness and non-judgemental acceptance to simply ‘what is’. When we are living in the moment, we do not categorise experiences as pleasant or unpleasant or good or bad, but purely observe them.
The way in which our modern culture is structured orients our whole framework into future thinking. We always have places to go, people to see, and things to do. This goal-orientated approach to our lives (whilst sometimes important and useful) can cause us unnecessary stress and expectation – distracting us from the beauty of the ‘now’.
Some of us also live in the past a little bit and allow it to dictate our present and future. We may dwell on either painful, negative or possibly even pleasurable experiences, and use up so much energy focusing on these non-existent time-frames that again, we miss the peace and harmony contained in each and every fleeting moment.
Rather than constantly focusing on the past or future, learn from them when the time is necessary, but do not attach energy to them. We cannot control life, and no matter how much we want everything to be light, free and easy, we cannot escape the truth that sometimes life will be hard, heavy and laboured.
When we practice Yoga and mindfulness we learn to accept the reality of the present moment, whether it is painful or pleasurable. We learn to experience the present moment as it really is naturally unfolding in the field of our own bodies.