Last week I took a yoga class from a teacher I met for the first time. During class, she had us do a pose, and then proceeded to give more “advanced” options. This is a pretty normal teaching practice to provide students modifications, however, what stuck with me was what she said, “Don’t feel like you always need to push yourself to the harder pose to be happier. If you do that in life, then you’ll never be happy because you’re always looking for the next best thing.”
As 2014 begins today, this is one resolution I would like to share with you: being present. On the yoga mat, I am the one still learning to not get upset at myself if I fall out of a balance pose. Off the yoga mat, I am guilty of always looking a few steps ahead, towards that next life event, that next achievement, or that next adventure. True, that’s not always a bad thing to dream bigger and be excited for something in the future. However, it’s not a good thing when that becomes your sole focus, or maybe obsession, and you lose sight of the present moment and all that is good going on right now. It’s not a good thing when you rely on accomplishments and prizes to determine your happiness.
Be present. How, is the harder question, one that I don’t have an answer to. But at least I know that trying to be present every moment is a purposeful path to follow. A path that I believe will lead to unwavering happiness and more joy. My hope for you in 2014 is also to find a way to appreciate the present moment in everything you do, and to be able to look at yourself – all the good and all the bad – and see acceptance and love. May 2014 bless you and your families!
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
~ Carl Bard