Mindfulness in the Present

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Christy Marsden1Happy July!  Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? My mom always told me that time moves faster as you get older and I totally agree.  A day goes by and I often think, did I miss anything today?

It is so easy to get caught up in all there is to do and the roles we play in life that we can miss the moment that is before us. I will often do something and then realize as I am doing it, that I am thinking of something else.  This is the opposite of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a practice of being fully present with every single moment.  It doesn’t mean that we cannot talk about our past by sharing a success or hardship or that we don’t plan for our future by setting goals and planning trips, but rather, we choose to be fully aware of what we are doing when we are doing it.  If we are scheduling a vacation in the future, we give our full attention to it.  If we are working out our past (like in therapy), we give our full attention to it.  And if we are cleaning the house, we give our full attention to that.

However, because the past can be filled with pain, we tend to live there when we are doing something else, trying to fix what cannot be undone.  Or sometimes we make choices about the present or future based on something that has long since passed because we are not paying attention to what actually is before us.  Or we are so unhappy in the moment, that we get lost in dreaming of and living for a future that doesn’t exist.  Mindfulness is being fully awake to what is before us without trying to escape.  Mindfulness is finding the sacred in the mundane, in the day to day existence of life.  Mindfulness is knowing that I didn’t miss anything when the day comes to an end.

At the mid point of the year, I like to re-visit my New Year’s intentions and one of my intentions for this year, was to bring more mindfulness into my every day life, to all the things that I usually find annoying or tedious. It is a practice.  I’ll admit it is not easy for me but it is easier than it used to be and that is good enough.   Anything we practice, we will get better at but practice certainly does not imply perfection.  Over and over, I have to remind myself to come back to what is before me. Doing yoga helps. Slowing down helps.  Scheduling less helps. Having a 4 year old helps.  I cannot tell you how many times I have to tell him the same thing over and over again.  But he’s learning.  So am I.  You are too.  Just keep practicing!

We have so many opportunities to practice mindfulness at Yoga Blend from our weekly classes to workshops, to teacher trainings, retreats and more.  I am really excited about the next few modules of the 300 Hour which all deal with anatomy, whether energetic or physical and they are open to anyone.  Please check it all out!

With infinite love and gratitude…