"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Preach, Eleanor, Preach.
Ok, I have to be real and share a moment of humanness to start with. My friends always make fun of me about that one time I “lost” my wallet which was later found in my refrigerator. I will never live that one down. To be honest, I have a lot of those moments of “humanness”..trying to do too much at once and not being present. Those little moments of mindlessness are perfect reminders to tap back into the present and savor the sweetness of life.
“Life is just better when we don’t try to do everything! Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” Leo Babanta
How stinkin’ easy is it to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to soak up the ooey gooeyness of life?! Can I get a witness?!
So often our expectations of ourselves are more than what we are actually capable of doing in a day. It is easy to put our head’s down and try to get all the "stuffs" done. But what about stopping and smelling the honeysuckles!?! That is where joy resides. Finding appreciation and presence in our everyday life, zipping into the here and now, that is what it’s all about, baby!
Ask your self- what gets in the way of you being able to enjoy the present moment?
For me it’s minute tasks, responsibilities, self-doubt, perfectionism (it could always be better right? No, sometimes it is good enough just the way it is), discomfort with sitting still, unrealistic expectations I put on myself...(I could probably go on but you get the point.)
Unless intentional, it is rare to leave time to just appreciate the little luxuries of life, and those are the most important moments!! The famous philosopher, Winnie the Pooh said, “sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.” That cup of coffee in your favorite ceramic mug. Children laughing. Your first downward dog of the day. The smell of honeysuckles on your walk around the lake. True connection with a friend. The sunshine on your skin.
SO, what brings you joy? What zips you into the present moment?
Here are two practices to help us drink up the present moment…
We practice formal mindfulness in yoga which is taking time out of the day to dedicate toward practicing, but there is also informal mindfulness that you can implement in your day-to-day.
Try not attaching to any specific thoughts, and ground into the present moment of BEING by tuning into the 5 senses. You can do this when you are with friends, family or sipping your morning tea before work.
Note things you see
Note things you hear
Note things you feel
Note things you smell
Note things you taste
Write about a moment. Reflect in detail. Express gratitude and appreciation.
"There are two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
So yeah, go, be, and savor the sweetness of life. You deserve it!
Jacy teaches Slow Mindful Flow on Wednesdays at 12 at SYP and is a Licensed Professional Counselor at White Rock Counseling located in the back of the studio.