What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 39 - The Now

I realized something today. I think it started back on the Costa Rica yoga retreat at Anamaya.  I am living in the now.  Not that I am saying that I am never thinking about the past or the future, but maybe about 60% of the time I am in the now. I am just enjoying where I am.

This is a new experience for me.  For the last year I have been struggling trying to get out of the past.  Before that I think I was very future oriented.  My mind was fixed on trying to save money for a new home, girlfriend, wife, children.   As long as I was looking ahead, things were moving in a positive direction.  I am not sure why I did this.  It seems like more worry comes from that.  Same thing if you are stuck on the past.  And the scariest thing when you worry about the past so much you actually repeat it into your future.

I am new to the living in the now.  Not sure how to deal with it.  I honestly have a comfort now that I feel like life is going to be all right no matter what is thrown at me- both the positive and the negative.  I am feeling pretty comfortable with who I am, and I think this helps keep down the worries of where I am going.  Earlier this week I noticed myself trying to beat me in a downward spiral, but I noticed this and built myself back up.  I was having issues with what others would think about my blogs and started to go down that avenue.  I need to keep focused on what I am doing.  I am "documenting" my thoughts, emotions, and honest feelings so I can see where I am one year from now.  I am doing this for me, but you are welcome to read about it.

How do we live in the now?  Start with your breath.  Notice that you are breathing.  Follow your breath in and out.  Try to find yourself in these moments.  Whether it be 1 minute a day, 10 minutes a day, or an hour.  Try to find that moment.  Again I am not saying I sit down meditate and do yoga and zone everything out.  My mind is still racing all over the place.  "God I am sweating,"  "Look at that girl,"  "They are doing that pose better then me,"  These are common thoughts in our brains.  We are human.  But try to find that place.

I heard someone say in class that you should "try" a pose.  I thought about my hero Yoda.  "Do or Do not, there is no try."  I agree with Yoda.  If you try something you are doing it.  When you arrive to class you are doing yoga.  Trying and doing are one in the same.  I just wanted to add that tid bit of thought.  Or maybe I just wanted to quote Yoda.

Any Star Wars thoughts today?  Email me or leave a comment.