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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yoga, Being Present, Being a Writer

Grand Canyon area MM Sikes
For almost a year, I've taken a yoga class once a week. It's important to me for stretching, balance, and an overall feeling of well-being.

Tonight, at the end of the class where I tried to practice poses and more, I thought about how yoga and being present are related. As a writer, I always seem to be thinking and living in the future. Perhaps that's the way writers have to live their lives--writing, planning, and conceiving ideas for the next book. Sadly, we have to plan how to schedule and promote that next project. As workers and planners, we are never in the present. At least, it seems I'm not.

However, when I'm in yoga class, I have to be in the present, following directions for the stretches and poses. There, I am being in the present and living for the moment.

Living for the moment. What a refreshing concept!

Being a flower. Being a mountain. Being a piece of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Not thinking, not planning.

Being in the present! How good is that!!?

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I probably live in the present more than I should! I think mens' brains are just wired that way.

Enid Wilson said...

Playing tennis is my way of enjoying the present. I do that every Thursday.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Award for you today, Monti!

Budd said...

congrats on the Liebster Award!

DazyDayWriter said...

Love yoga, Monti. Have been at it since '06 and find it really helpful. I find less time for it in the summer months, but in the winter, it's a godsend. Not great at any of it, but I work at it. And I find peace in the moment. Thanks for sharing this. --Daisy