After the OM’s and Namaste in my lunchtime office Vinyasa Yoga class yesterday, I reminded the group that Friday is our monthly Yin Yoga class. One of my students responded with an unpleasant facial expression stating “by that time I’ll have already been up 9+ hours”. I was like “WOW!“. Though my simple one word response was filled with internal depth.
I was not only hearing from her how much she was dreading Friday but sensing the anxiety/dread of how much that day is already setting the tone for her entire week. If she is responding like that after an energizing yoga class, how many other times will she bring it up this week? How much will it impact how she lives life this week? The reality is her having to get up before o’dark-thirty and drive to BWI is a blip of time. In the grand scheme of life, it is truly a blink of an eye.
The other part of my “WOW!” reaction is I could totally see me being like my student A LOT not too long ago. A sense of relief (as well as empathy) immediately lightened me up. How far I have come. Don’t get me wrong. There plenty of times I still worry/fret about the future but to a much lesser degree now (i.e. now I might fret a day or so beforehand vs. an entire week). Thanks to my growing yoga and meditation practice I’ve really discovered how much I can easily miss out on living in the present, and experiencing the joys of each moment of each day, if my mind is stuck days ahead on something that may or may not happen.
This leads to another part of my “WOW!” response. Yesterday was only Monday! What if Friday never comes? What if Friday comes, but the circumstances change? There are so many “what if’s”. The biggest being what if Friday comes and all goes as planned and it really wasn’t so bad? All that build up and negative energy that followed all week was more of a drain and unknowingly (and unfortunately) it affected how life was lived for a week.
Like a few hours, a week in the grand scheme of an entire life is only a blink of an eye. But if one lives fretting/anxious/dreading all the time, those blips can really suck the life out of truly living. So I conclude…what are you fretting about that is preventing you…
from living a WOW! life today?