Living fully in the moment

Yoga offers its practitioners the gift of being present.

When we are fully present in the moment, we offer our whole selves to whatever it is that we are doing. Our attention, and our energy are all fully immersed on the task at hand.

This experience is so powerful that when we are in this state, we feel completely alive. Some sports phycologists call it the “state of flow” or being “in the zone”. This feeling of aliveness comes easily when we are absorbed in work or play that we love, but it is available to us in every moment, and we can learn to summon it regardless of what we do.

Next time you find yourself fully engaged in the moment, whether you are cooking, lifting weights, running, or talking to your best friend, you may want to take a moment to notice how you feel. You may notice that you are not thinking about your to-do list, your body feels – good, your brain is focused, you might generally feel content.

Expect nothing, appreciated it all.

When we let go of our expectations of what should happen, we can enjoy each moment for what it can offer.

Attitude is everything in life, whether that is on or off your yoga mat.  You have a choice about how you respond to a situation. Take these scenarios; you’re running late for a meeting, Sydney traffic strikes making your journey slower, then someone cuts you off while diving – easy to get frustrated in this situation, but you have a choice; you can blow up or wave it off and appreciate the extra moments you get to yourself in the car. You try a yoga pose that’s new to you, you try to copy the teacher but your shape doesn’t look the same – you have a choice; you can beat yourself up and deem yourself a failure or you can stop and appreciate that you’ve tried something new and had a fun time trying.

Celebrate the small things, however insignificant they seem because this will slowly have a much bigger effect on your thinking.

When we bring our expectations along, we’re likely to get disappointed. If you pause to celebrate the small victories or don’t let allow yourself to be affected by the stresses life throws at you, then you’re likely to enjoy life just as it is.