The Present Moment

Nothing brings you into the present more than the breath...

Today in class, I explored coming more deeply into the present moment. Our practice - whether it be asana or meditation - or both - brings us more fully into the present moment. And really, now is the only time there is.

When we live in the present - time expands. We are able to savor each and every moment and it seems to last longer. We are not focusing on the past or fretting about the future. It takes a lot of practice to stay in the present, but it is worth it.

When we live in the present moment - we also cultivate greater acceptance. We accept where we are in terms of our circumstances and we live more deeply and without expectations. So, in essence, we learn to live with greater detachment.

Every time we come to our mats it is a different experience. Each moment is unique and unrepeatable. You will never be the expression of yourself that you are in this moment.

I went to river in the early afternoon. It was very peaceful. I enjoyed each and every moment - feeling the sun's rays beating down, the singing of birds, and the dancing of joyful butterflies. I thought of how blessed I was to be able to just sit without any demands on my time and just simply be - enjoying the unfolding of present moments, one after the other...

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