by Joseph Glaser
In our modern world it can be easy to think that we don’t have enough. We don’t have enough money, enough friends, and definitely not enough time. This is one of the main reasons that we struggle so much with staying present.
In Yoga, and in the art of living fully, being present is key. It is only in the present moment that everything is possible. In the past or the future we have no control so their is no use is getting wrapped up in it.
I often experience this struggle when getting on the train or the bus. My mind tells me I need to push and force to get on the bus and then to get the best seat so I can get off of it as quickly as possible, because I have so many things to do and so little time to do them. If I don’t finish the things I have to do quickly then I have less time to do the things I want to do. The irony is is that if you can stay present you will find joy in whatever you are doing. Even if it unpleasant. Every action can become the thing you wanted to do in that it will bring you to the same feeling of peace, contentedness, and even joy that you were looking for from more pleasant experiences.
This is why it is so important to practice Swadyaha or self reflection. If we never take a look at ourselves it will be very difficult to learn how our mind functions, what it is attached to, and what tactics it uses to make us believe that we don’t have enough. As we become aware of the physical and energetic body, then it becomes easier to understand our mind. Taking simple asanas, pranayama, and meditations early in the morning our a great way to walk this path towards self understanding. Even one deep breath in the moment can completely take away the minds power.
Remember that we are here to experience and grow. We are not here to run away from our duties or be perfect. The experiences we are having in every moment are influenced by past actions and we can use them to dissolve the bonds of karma and be free. We only have control over our current and future actions, but if we act with clarity we can destroy old karma from past actions as well as not create any negative karma for the future.
So from this moment forward lets do our best to realize and act from the truth. The truth that we have enough. We are enough. This life is beautiful, awesome, and so much more than enough.