I’ve decided to start a meditation routine in addition to my yoga practice. There are moments in class that I am in deep relaxation and I feel like I can feel the tiniest bit of real, true presence and I think that’s something worth developing and reaching for. Thich Nhat Hahn said in Buddha Mind, Buddha Body that unless you are present in this moment then you aren’t really alive because you’re living in the past or the future or in a fantasy. But presence, alertness, mindfulness in this moment… that is to be alive. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we’re worried about and some place that isn’t right here and we’re just losing all this time… all these moments… all these nows… exactly where life is happening. I’ve been one of those people and it’s caused me suffering. So with diligence and intention, little by little I’m going to learn to be really, really alive. Not threatened by the silence, but amazed by the vastness. Not a slave to my mind, but a master of it. Not reactive towards my emotions but just simply aware of them.
Slowly but surely, I’m going to learn to be.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
Thich Nhat Hahn