Living in awareness we allow the flow of time to carry us forward, as we live mindfully in the moment. Aware of where we are right now, and really expanding this awareness by remembering what has become automatic. Like, what country or city you are in? Become aware of the geographical location of the town you are in. Think of where you are in the world. Are you outside, or in a room or building. What does it look like around you, the walls or scenery. Are you sitting at the beach with your feet covered in sand, on the hard floor, or nestled in your favorite comfy chair. Are you hot, cold,or just right. Notice how you feel in this moment. Aware of the natural rythem of your breath. Aware of how you feel each moment to moment. Mindfully moving, mindfully breathing, mindfully reading. With full awareness of the sounds around you near and in the distant. Living in this heightened state of awareness all the time. Aware of it all, but detaching from this awareness as if living a life of meditation in motion. With full consciousness of what your doing. In yoga, we practice this on the mat, hoping that we can take the practice off the mat and into our daily life. When we live in the present we know that we show up in a way that makes us efficient and present with our family, coworkers, customers, and in any action that is taken by us. We get more done with less effort in a relaxed and peaceful way. It may even save your life.
Today one of my students came to class and stated that he had open heart surgery just a few weeks ago. He had been out on a walk and was just about to enter his house when he heard a whoosh sound coming from his heart and felt the change as well. His awareness of his body, saved his life. Doctor said your great, everything is perfect, no restrictions, until he took the cold metal stethoscope out and listened to his heart, and then said – I take it all back, and sent him directly to the hospital. A valve in heart was completely open.
After I went to my favorite Tea Room to drink my favorite tea the awareness of time became clear and confusing at the same time. I was handed a tea timer which I had noticed before but I guess not with the full awareness that I had of it today. The timer had 3 hourglass timers representing 3, 5, and 7 minutes. When turned over the sand moves through the timers at different rates for different teas. I’ve always thought of hourglass timers as a reminder to live in the present – with the center of the hourglass, representing the moment of time passing through the middle – the now. The sand accumulation at the bottom as what has passed, and the sand at top representing the future of what is coming. What struck me that never stuck me before is that all three of the hourglasses represented time, and yet they were all moving at different rates. The restriction at the center of the 7 minute timer is tighter than the restriction of the five minute and three minute timers, and wondered – do we do this in our own lives – can we do this. Can we make our Ideal Brew within our own self as to the perfect time. Can we open up and allow tough times to pass by quickly, and restrict and really focus, embrace, and cherish precious moments, savoring them, allowing time to seem as if standing still. I wonder… and at the same time believe it to be true. What do you think?
Just a thought…
As always – With Love, Goldi