There Is Only Now
The election is over. We have a new president. No matter how we feel about the results, we are all wondering the same thing. What will the future hold?
And there too, we all have something in common. We don't know. Just like yesterday we didn't know what today would bring. The only thing that is ever certain is this moment. The one we are inhabiting now. And our best shot at making the future one we will be happy with lies right here, within it. In fact, it's the only sphere in which we have any influence at all. Not in the past. Not in the future. Only here. Now.
In Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), Leslie reminded us this week that our posture in the pose is an indication of where we are living. Leaning forward, we are living in the future, creating anxiety over what is to come. Leaning back, we are stuck in the past, causing depression and an inability to move forward. Only at the center, torso aligned, shoulders over hips, are we in the present.
In the pose, we stand centered, while stretching back to the past and forward into the future. The Warrior II demands being fully present in the moment - the torso of the body remaining aligned and upright. At the same time, we stretch back behind us to recognize the strength we have gained from the past. All of our experiences provide a foundation and anchor for action. If we have learned from the past, we can recognize more options and choose wisely, which will lead to a different future. – Swami Lalitananda (The Inner Life of Asanas © 2007, pg. 82 - via yogateachercentral.com)
Now. It's the first word of the Yoga Sutra, the teachings of Yoga. It's the place we find our breath, our wisdom, ourselves.
It's my wish for all of us today that we do just that. That we stand in our present, draw on our past, and move with grace into our future.