Oh Savasana (insert sigh)…I spend the whole practice in the 'present moment' only to be flooded with thoughts in savasana.
“It goes by so fast”.
One thought turns into a story in a few minutes of time. When you are young, 45 years seems like an eternity. But after you have lived it, you realize it is but a moment. We believe we have forever, but soon we realize it isn’t so. Every moment and every breath is a gift. If you look up the word ‘gift' in the dictionary this is what you will find: 'a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present’. Present also means according to the dictionary, 'existing or occurring now’.
Live in the present moment and each day becomes a great gift.
Now this we all heard many times but it is still hard to practice so maybe if we remind ourselves just one more time. To live in the moment means to not to judge our lives, not to focus on the past or the future but experience each moment with gratitude and purpose, to live life fully. To choose contentment and happiness. Appreciate every moment being aware of what a gift it is to live and most importantly starting and ending each day with a ritual. A preyer, meditation, expressing gratitude and thankfulness, recounting all good things from the day.
Some people live their lives but most simply plan their lives. Getting through things. On their way to what they think will bring them happiness. You know the ones that say ‘when I find a partner, when I get married, when I have kids, when I get a house, when I get a better paying job then I’ll be happy’. You know who you are. We all do or have done it before. Time to stop planning and start living. Take chances. Listen to your heart.
Each time I find myself in a moment of joy I remind myself to practice breathing them in. One never knows how many more moments like this will come. The one right now is the one I’m living for and grateful for. The present moment is the only moment.
We have no power over the past or the future, non at all. Focusing on the past, especially on regret, has the power only to rob the present moment of its happiness. We have 40,000-60,000 thoughts a day and if we allow them to live in the past or the future, by regretting things or thinking about where we want to be will keep us from living life now. Use your thoughts wisely. We have the power to train our minds. Happy people know that we are more in control of our minds then we realize. The greatest practice for training our minds to be present is meditation. When you don’t have time to sit in silence try enjoying your task at hand. Forget multitasking! Doing the dishes, cleaning, walking the dog can be meditation as long as you’re being mindful and joyful doing it. Not just every day but every moment of every day is a gift. A present.
Namaste my friends