Every so often a very english yogi is reminded of a striking fact. It’s usually when he is walking out on the fells and across the dales. Or he remembers this fact when he is out in the garden like he was today, sweeping up the last of the winter leaves for the leaf mould bin. Mostly though, he is reminded of this fact when he is practicing yoga asana and pranayama on the mat – or even off the mat. It happened the other day when he was making a cake for his loved ones. And yesterday when he was playing the didge while one of his nearest and dearest was playing the saxophone. It happened recently on the fells when the ‘yogi was walking: surrounded by fells and mountains, the lake glistening in the sunlight, and the sky a shocking bright blue. The ‘yogi sat down to meditate and instantly felt that overwhelming sense of being absolutely centred in the present moment.
Yesterday, rich with experiences, is now just a memory, drifting in and out of the memory store that is the mind. Tomorrow is rich with opportunity and ripe with potential -waiting to happen and become now. You can’t physically go back to the moments that have passed; and you can’t grab the moments to come and live them now.
So we are left with an immense and extraordinairy fact: it’s all happening right here, right now. This makes every living moment rich with possibility, and ripe with potential. But it also offers us a challenge: when it’s gone – it’s gone. Lost time is not found again. So the onus is one us to realise this possibility and this potential.
Yoga through asana, meditation and pranayam seems to offer a way of realising the rich possibilities and ripening of potential.
And in a strange way, every single moment when lived to the full feels like a millenia where the possibilities are endless and the potential mindblowing.
A good starting point is simply to relax and go with the flow of the moments you are in. Don’t try to grasp or control, judge or criticise, just simply observe. If you feel blocked or bored, find a stretch (like touching your toes carefully, or reaching up to touch the stars) or practice an asana (warrior, downward facing dog or trikonasana – triangle). If your mind is monkeying – practice some simple breath observation or mantra. You’ll find some ideas on this site or simply by googling.
With love and best wishes,