the llama blog
practicing yoga off the mat.
The present moment has many gifts to offer. It fills us with gratitude, love and compassion. It deepens our personal relationships and connects us to the places around us. It is now – not the past where we hold grudges and pain. It is now – not the future where worry and fear of what’s next lie. It is “now” that gives us the greatest pleasure in life.
Sitting in the car rider line at my children’s school, I tend to fill up that time waiting with work or studying. Today, I decided to just sit and be. The moment wasn’t profound. However, because I chose to be present, I noticed how rain drops create a unique pattern on the window and how despite the grey and gloomy day, the leaves still glowed brilliant oranges and yellows. Sitting in silence calmed my nervous system as my breath deepened. At first, my mind jumped from thought to thought like commercials on tv. After several minutes, I found space between them, and honestly, seemed to forget about some of them. This being present practice was a wakeful meditation for me.
We can practice mindfulness in any aspect of our life at any time. Here are a few to get you started during the holiday season.
PRESENCE Gift Ideas: