Monday, the beginning of yet, another glorious week; filled with wonder and who knows what. Seven days, 10080 minutes – how will you choose to spend these precious moments? Celebrate your strength and joy today by being with the present moment. And, if that feels to big to handle – stay within the next 5 minutes. This is exactly how I learned to manage the turmoil and insanity of each day, while surfing through a nasty divorce and other difficult times. It worked! But it required lots of practice and patience with myself. Below, Yogi Bahjan and Eckhart Tolle offer us inspiration and hope for conquering the moments and loving it! Tap into your power, pull out all the stops – enjoy every moment of the coming week. Celebrate your strength and have a greatÂ 10080 minutes! With love, Allison
“There is only the present moment. Masters of every path say the only real thing is the now. Don’t let your past hold you back, or your story lock you into a plot. “The past has no power over the present moment,” said Eckhart Tolle. Don’t give it any power that you don’t want it to have. Be fresh each moment, create as you please, steering your ship in whatever direction you choose.Â Â You are born into each moment. What will you do with your very first breath? ~
Meditation is not what you do in the morning, that is your practice. Meditation is the way you feel the rest of the day after your practice.
This quote has been on my mind a lot lately. I used it as a theme in a class this morning encouraging the students to concentrate on what they were doing, be present and then the meditative experience would come after that.
In classical yoga as laid out by Patanjali dharana (concentration) comes first, then dhyana (meditation). It makes sense. I don’t always agree that the limbs of his yoga are meant to be performed linearly but happen when they are ready to happen, but in this case, having practiced yoga for almost 10 years I do. If you pay attention to what your doing during your practice, breath, movement, energy, alignment of the bones and muscles, in other words be fully present, that the rest of the day it will be easier to focus, easier to move, easier to feel whats going on inside your body, easier to be present with whomever you are with at the time or with whatever situation comes up. ~ Sat Inder