Moments like this teach us that all that we really need to do is breathe. Take in every second. After all, life is just a series of breaths taken one at a time no matter where you are. So even if you are not privy to a gorgeous lakeside view like the one above, there is a sunrise and a sunset everyday that can still be enjoyed. Make time for one or the other or both, if possible and in between, take notice of your surroundings inside and out. Focus on your senses and they will remind you that enjoyment can be found in the simplest of things, even in times of upset and turmoil. Teachable moments are all around us. Even now.
How YOU choose to interpret the environment around you, regardless of the circumstance, will surely dictate your experience. So, even when it seems like you have no control over how things are going, you ALWAYS have a choice in how you perceive what is going on. In essence, your life is made up of YOUR choices.
In yoga, one of the most difficult poses is the Corpse Pose (Savasana) in which you lie perfectly still and breathe in and out through your nose as your diaphragm rises (the ‘in’ breath) and falls (the ‘out’ breath). I explain the breath because many of us breathe from our chests rather than our bellies which puts our bodies in a perpetual state of shallow breathing conducive to hyperventilating (flight or fight) versus one of calmness. Aside from using the proper breath, the other tricky part about Savasana is to keep your mind clear of past clutter and future wonder; you need to be in the present to truly achieve this still pose. Try it!
In truth, we are all students and teachers by nature and perhaps the biggest lesson for all of us is to see if we can learn to live fully in each moment. One of the easiest ways to stay present is to use our five senses to keep us grounded: the smell of our favourite coffee brewing, the face of a loved one, the taste of chocolate melting on our tongue, the sound of birds chirping outside, the warmth of the sun streaming through the window, etc. It is also okay to remind ourselves that everything is going to be all right–even if it’s not, those words carry significant weight and they can make a huge difference in how we feel at any given time. Our minds are powerful tools and we can trick them into believing whatever it is that we want.