[Lately, whenever we experienced ‘diarrhea of words’ between my partner and I.. meaning they can be worth, because of getting rid of it from your system.. or just meaningless flow of unnecessary spitting… he always said ‘the important thing is now, not the past.. because now I am with you! It took me a while to digest it, until I bumped into the following entry by Leanne in True Yoga website (www.trueyogainc.com). And it goes very well within the context of being in the now, not only applicable for yoga practice, but, indeed for life. You may notice by now, no matter how I have practiced yoga and which level I have attained.. as long as I cannot practice it in my real life as a day-to-day behaviour, attitude and approach to life.. I may as well continue to practice, to learn, to draw experience, to be humble.. to improve myself and becoming better every day.]
[Gyantze Tibet – photography courtesy of Gladia Budianto]
This is a Maasai saying. The Maasai people live in Magadura in East Africa, a small village in the highlands above the Serengeti. When I first read this quote the other day, I felt tremendous amount of relief. It is simply another way of saying ‘life is a journey, not a destination’ yet everytime I hear this I awaken to a new perspective of life and a deeper experience of peace and well being. Said another way: The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. – Carl Rogers.
Recently in class, I’ve been reminding students to experience the fullness of each breath. So often we are breathing with the intention of getting to the next place, the next moment, the next breath. This becomes particularly obvious in our yoga practice. Not long ago, as I was practicing yoga, I noticed I was hurrying through breathing in each pose. I began to see how this shows up n my life. This obsession with always looking to the next moment…
My practice is beginning to shift and slow down since I’ve had this awareness, as well as, my teaching. I am realizing the true practice of yoga is in the quality of our breath, not the pace of our movement or the number of poses we get into each practice. The true practice of yoga and living yoga, is in breathing each breath to the fullest. To feel each breath be complete and fully expanded, before we seek to take our next breath…
The following poem is called Lost, by David Wagoner:
Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat is as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same Raven.
No two branches are the same Wren.
If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
where you are. You must let it find you.
May we awaken to the joy of the journey with each full breath of the way.
Happy, Full and Peaceful Breathing!