Most people would agree that we find ourselves immersed in the busiest season of the year (unless you’re an accountant!) There are exceptionally long lines at the stores, more traffic than usual, and many of us who suddenly find ourselves with an extra long to-do list in order to finish the year up well and/or make the holidays extra special for ourselves and those around us.
We would invite you to pause for just a moment and reflect on a profound quote by the Dalai Lama: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
This season is full of incredible sights, sounds, smells and tastes. The next time you find yourself rushing through to get things done to achieve a ‘perfect moment,’ stop, breathe, (breathe in some calming essential oil to soothe your senses), and choose to appreciate your current moment. Maybe you just heard some especially uplifting music that you can reflect on…..maybe you are stuck in a traffic jam, and as you look around, choose to see the comical in the situation and wonder about the back-stories of all those sharing the road with you. Maybe you just saw someone who seems alone this season; as you pause, recognize that even a sincere smile in the present can change the energy and outlook of someone’s day.
Most of all, reflect on how powerful our present moment is, and choose to focus on the one thing that will bring you (and those around you) the most long-lasting joy. Savor your moments, because they are what build your days, weeks, years…and your life.
Grab your copy of Essential Yoga Practice and turn to the sequences in the last section of the book that walk you through some powerful ways to center yourself into the present moment. Watch for more information about our Essential Yoga Sangha that will be starting after the first of the year.