Yoga teaches us to be present on the mat. It also teaches us to take that same awareness of the present into our daily lives. We often tend to get stuck in the past or worry about the future. Why did I quit my job last year? How will I pay for my kids college? Why didn’t I work out yesterday?
If we do too much of this, we can’t be in touch with what is happening in the present. We turn into robots, going through our days without thinking about what we are doing, why we are doing it, or what is going on around us. Sometimes we can’t even take notice of a gorgeous sky, a beautiful meadow, a fantastic song on the radio.
I try to pay attention, to live in the day. I want to experience the sun on my face, smell the flowers, play with my dog, watch my children’s faces when they discover something new. Honestly, there was a point in my life when I rushed around so much that I didn’t have time to think about anything but my next task. I was that robot.
Time on the mat really does help. When you can put your watch aside, put your phone down, get into your child’s pose and be in the moment, you will be present. Don’t miss what’s happening now. Cherish the moments.