Yoga for the Mind: Awareness is the Power

Be present NOW!

Feeling Centered - Week 5

Becoming aware of how you feel right now is a start.

The present moment requires awareness to be noticed in its full potential. Without awareness, there is our life passing by - with us unable to truly participate - instead we are tossed around by what is happening and as a result easily become a victim of circumstances and other factors. Becoming aware of how we feel right now is a start. How do you feel right now?

What are the reasons you feel the way you feel? Are those reasons in the here and now? Or are they reasons which lie in the past? Or do those reasons lie in the future? For some reason, our mind is easily drawn to 'what went wrong in the past' or 'what could go wrong in the future causing either all sorts of negative emotions about past experiences or stress and anxiety about future experiences.

The ONLY place where life is actually happening is NOW - at this very moment. And the good news is THIS present moment never leaves you - it is always with you. You just have to be with it, too!

Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. ...The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.   Eckhart Tolle

What lies in the past, we cannot change. What lies in the future, we cannot know. BUT we can be present NOW - with our full awareness, with all our senses and we have the power to change our experience in the present moment. If it feels not good or right in the present moment we can do something about it or, if it feels really good to us in the now, we simply can enjoy to the fullest what the present moment has to offer.

Deliberately bringing our awareness back to the present moment frees us from dwelling in the past and negative feelings attached to past experiences and it also eliminates worry and fear about the future, which we cannot control, BUT we CAN control where we direct our awareness to in the here and now. The best way to do this, of course, is using our breath. "The breath is ALWAYS the here and now, it is the ultimate present moment… Our breath is our constant connection to the here and now..." (Yokeley 2014, positivepsychology.com/present-moment).

Here is the invitation to take 10 deep slow long deep breaths. "Breathe in and say to yourself, “I am breathing in”, breathe out saying, “I am breathing out.” On your next circle of breath, try saying to yourself, “I am here” coupled with “This is now” (Yokeley 2014, positivepsychology.com/present-moment).

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