Staying present in the movement and in the moment: Mindfulness.
What are the tools that get us there? They’ll vary by time of day, day of the week, season of the year, season in our lives. To understand which tools are best suited for different situations or desired effect, consider the following
The Rishis (wise ones) talk about the four seasons of life: student, householder, retiree, sannyasin (renunciate).
Most of us are householders. We’re in the world, and (whether we know it or not) have the ability to choose how much we are of the world. We participate, sometimes in autopilot mode, and sometimes by choice. What we choose to wear, eat, drive, walk, what we’ll have for dinner, and yes, we choose how we feel – by what we do, how we do it, and what we put in our bodies. Sometimes we may think that no choice is the only thing available, or feel like we don’t have a choice, but we always do.
If we meditate – and meditate with deep awareness – we usually find that there are more choices than at first appeared. How to do this in a balanced way may be a very simple process – simple and uncomplicated is best – or a combination of thought, breath and action; that special blend of a little of this and a lot of that fine-tuned as we progress.
One of the tools we can use is yoga. We have movement (asana), breath work (pranayama), and the steps to move us into meditation and contemplation. We always blend movement with breath, and by paying attention to the breath and the subtleties of movement, our capacity to concentrate, our ability to become less anxious and more centered, and to experience equanimity, lends itself in all aspects of our lives.
In a few short weeks, we can see the bodies we started with slowly relearning how to be. We become more aware of the difference in bodies and that no two are alike… and that one body is not necessarily “better” than another. Knees are improved by bringing legs into alignment with the feet, a golf game that turns round at the 16th hole… Continuing your practice builds results over time.
As the body changes, how we feed ourselves – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – becomes more refined. We have a better understanding of what serves us best. As we become more present, our choices evolve. Self-study and the ability to detach from what used to grab us and suck us into its path refines. Contentment is more frequent and spills over.
The desire to experience and/or acknowledge cause and effect may lessen in its intensity over time. Whether it does or doesn’t isn’t really the point. What does matter is being present and mindful. Know that you have tools and resources available to move forward along your path.
Category : Blog &Yoga Posted on August 17, 2012