Just One Moment

Our lives and our days are comprised of moments...

Just one moment, which leads to another...

Moments are the building blocks of every hour in every day, and of ensuing weeks, months, and years...

Eastern spiritual teachers observe that the present moment is all we ever have. And yet, we cannot hold on to any moment. Lord knows I've tried...

I have often taught my students, that in Virabhadrasana 2 - that is - Warrior 2 pose - where the front knee is bent at a right angle with the back leg straight, torso perpendicular to the floor and the heart lifting, with arms extended to the sides at shoulder level - is a wonderful pose to illustrate the significance of living in the present moment.

In this pose, our legs anchor into the earth - like firm roots - and we rise triumphantly - shoulders back, arms extended, and the heart open. If our torso remains perpendicular to the floor and our body is in alignment - we are in balance. We are in the present moment.

But if we lean a little bit forward - we are anxious and perhaps concerned about the future. On the other hand, if we hang back in the pose, it might be illustrative of being too concerned with past events, allowing it to color our present. 

Our goal is to be in the middle - in the present moment - which is the gateway between the past and the future.

The present is the only moment there is...

Almost immediately and without any sort of definition, the present moves on to the next moment, and then that moment is past. We cannot hang on to the present moment any more than we can hold on to a drop of water.

The present teaches us to let go of expectations. To stop being mired in past events. And to not obsess about what will come to be.

Each moment is just that. One moment.

Each moment brings us fully into the present.

All we can truly do is be in the moment...

Just for today, be in the moment. Notice that it slows down time. It enables you to let go. You become more present. Perhaps you might feel lighter. And more joyous.

You cannot commit to do everything you would like to do on a long term basis without missing the mark somewhere along the line.

But you can always commit to being in the moment...

In this moment...

Just pause, and be in the moment - in this moment right now, before you...

In time you will stay in the moment more often than not. And when you do, you will become more mindful. You will be more present to everything that is... Commit to stay present...

To the moment...

To all that is...

To being...

To oneness...

To love...

And observe your life slowly change...

From moment to moment...

From one present moment to another...

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