Daily lesson from July 14, 2013 (Teach the teacher): “I’m feeling so scattered, and needed to hear that reminder to be in the moment,” my lovely student shared after practice. To recap: at the beginning of class, I shared my own recent struggle to get out of my monkey mind and into the present. You see, the evening prior, as my boyfriend and I drove along the Delaware River on a dark, purple-skied moody night, canopied by huge, lush trees and sprinkled with centuries-old little towns I’d only imagined in storybooks on our way to meet friends at the Black Bass Inn in Lumberville, PA, I nearly missed it all. As my head veered into the past (dang, I miss my nieces, my parents, my pals, my runs along Shilshole Bay in Seattle), and the future (do I really need to go for my annual physical Monday? I feel fine..), I risked skipping out on life. Because life is now. Right now.
To think I almost missed noticing architectural wonders dating back to 1740 (the Black Bass Inn); the roaring Delaware below – and all the directions it seemed to be moving at once; the bridges, each with their own personality, to stew over getting my blood pressure taken or to reminisce about a long-ago jog along a waterfront path 3,000 miles away that I no longer live?
You hear it all the time. Be present. But do you practice living in the now? I personally struggle most with anticipation. I get excited about what’s to come. Or anxious. Or downright scared. But as Eckhart Tolle reminds us, all we have is right now. Here is the quote I shared with my sweet student this morning, that might be of value to you too, lest you veer off the road and into thoughts of the past or future:
“Always say yes to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is NOW and always NOW? Surrender to what is. Say yes to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle