Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Catherine Tingey0
Yoga Is Now
YOGA IS NOW
is the rough English translation of the first Yoga Sutra [1: 1 yoga anushasanam, Patanjali]
I keep coming back to this, over and over.
Mostly because I have a hard time being happy.
And I know I’m not the only person who suffers from this first world problem.
When something great has just occurred, a celebration, a weekend away, a career highlight, I often find myself romanticizing the past and wishing for its return.
Present life, when compared to a romanticized past, always pales.
But then I catch myself and ask, ‘Was it really that good? And how is this very moment now any less incredible than the series of moments that preceded it?’ As I begin to examine my thinking, I realize that my romanticization of the past is often inaccurate, glossing over conflict, mishaps and unexpected disappointments. Over time, sitting in the past tears you away from the glory of your present life.
So what’s the answer?
Each present moment has the potential to be part of your glorious past.
These days you are living will one day be the ‘good ol’ days’ you think fondly of.
So live them fully. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply. Hold. Exhale. Open your eyes and smile. You’re alive and in this moment.