the llama blog
practicing yoga off the mat.
Right now, I’m sitting on my screened in porch. I’m listening to the sweet sound of windchimes each time the wind blows. My eyes feast on lush green grass and peony stalks stretching out of the ground. In the distance, a field of winter wheat rolls like sea waves in the breeze. I am sitting, grounded in this awareness around me.
A moment like this doesn’t happen all day long for me. Many times, I am rushing to an appointment or tuning out a child’s tantrum. Other times, I may choose an alternate route to my destination and see a wonderous tree just bursting open with pink blooms. Life is sometimes slow and sometimes it’s go-go-go.
Author, Rob Bell, states that being in the moment can make you “grow younger.” I agree. In those slow moments, I notice I feel more playful, more energized, more youthful. It’s like experiencing the world for the first time. Author and meditation teacher, Deepak Chopra, adds that growing younger is achieved by “minimalizing toxic and unbalancing influences on our bodies, mind and emotions.” He states that most people who feel young and vibrant in their everyday lives have these traits in common:
Youth has not been lost with the first sign of a wrinkle. It really is a state of mind, and feeling youthful, joyful and wise is all within us. The more you practice growing younger, the more you will enjoy your life.