When ordinary moments are touched with our full awareness, they become extraordinary. We’ve all experienced this, perhaps whilst staring into a beautiful sunset, walking through a thicket of trees, or taking in the great expanse from a mountain peak.
In these moments, it can feel easy to be fully present to the happiness the simple things in life can bring. So, how can we bring this same totality of experience into even the seemingly mundane parts of our every day lives?
Do everything with your complete attention
"We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, tending the garden, cooking a meal - the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for its own sake, without thought of recognition or reward." ~ Osho, Zen Tarot
Melt into your experience more than following your thoughts about the experience.
Ask yourself often: Are you living life or are you living through your thoughts about life?
At anytime you find the latter being more true, try this simple exercise to drop back into your experience. Feel your feet on the floor, feel your buttocks on the chair. Become aware of sounds coming and going. Without naming them, just being aware of them. Check, how is your breath right now?
Coming back to your breath, and coming back to your body. Be in the moment. Right here, right now, everything is exactly how it should be.
Accept the moment as it is
In class maybe you would have heard me say, "more than effort, use relax." In our physical practice, when we use too much effort towards a goal we become tense. With our focus too much on what we imagine or want the posture to look like, easily we miss the feelings in our bodies right now. Drop your comparison. Drop your imagination of how it should be. This is the only way we can fully embrace ourselves and this moment as it is right now.
Be aware of the mind that's in the future
Much like in our physical practice, the same mind comes up in our lives. Instead of finding happiness in the moment, we put it on hold. You know the mind that follows the "I'll be happy when...", "If X, then I'll be happy." This thought pattern of conditional happiness blinds us to the happiness available to us in the present moment. And ultimately undermines our own intrinsic power to choose happiness regardless of external influences.
"I am already perfect."
"I make everything I touch sparkle."
"In ordinariness, sparkle." - Master Kim
We are already carrying everything we need with us! Sometimes we've just got to be reminded. 😉 Enjoy today's quick 40 minute Hatha yoga sequence to give you everything you need to feel refreshed, revitalized, and ready for your day.