The Gift of the Present

The quote says, “Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the Present.”

My journey of discovery through yoga in the last year has given me a huge gift. Respect for the present.  

I know I’ve been pretty open about my journey over these last few months of blogging, but let me recap.  About one year ago, things shifted for me.  I had been happily working hard in my business for 6 solid years, forging ahead, very focused on my goals.  Within that 6 year period, I also moved my family twice from Georgia to Pennsylvania and back to Georgia.  I really never rested.  Never gave myself a break. Never allowed myself to let things go for a bit.  You know, goals can be a tricky thing. So can desire for success.

I heard the call to be still.  I listened.  Then a door opened.  Remember that passion you had, Jackie? Remember how much you loved yoga?  How alive you felt when you practiced?  

Yes.

Then go and do that.

I had no idea one year ago when I began practicing at Ember Yoga, how my life would transform.  God did.  And I’m so grateful that is the place he used to redirect me.

I spent years focused on my goals.  There is perfection in that, I promise you.  Beauty.  It’s amazing to work towards something and achieve it.  But then this happens.  You’re working towards something that just isn’t happening in YOUR time.  You’re going forward, God is saying NO, not right now.  And you know, God has a way of bringing you down to your knees and stopping you in your tracks in order to redirect your path or maybe even your mind, to get you back to the truth.  That it’s all in His time for His purpose. 

Here’s where I got lost.  I was so focused on the future that I forgot about the present. Simple as that.  

For those that don’t practice yoga, I don’t expect you to understand what it’s all about. I’ve heard so many misconceptions and judgements over this past year.  But it’s ok, that’s what people do when they don’t know or want to understand.  They judge, right?  

For the past 8 months, I have been on my mat on the average of 6 days per week, usually 8 different classes.  I’ve done some tough personal growth over the last 6 years, but me and my mat, it’s been the biggest growth I’ve experienced in my life so far.

When you stand on your mat and you work through the asanas of whatever type of yoga you are practicing, you have one focus.  The present.  There’s no time to get lost in the thoughts of what may happen tomorrow or in two months or six months or a year.  This doesn’t happen right away, it takes time to train your mind to focus on the moment and your breath. When I’m in a balancing posture or an inversion, it’s pretty difficult to think about what I’m making for dinner or what phone call I need to make when I walk out the door.

The present moment was the gift I was missing all along.  The thing that would bring peace. 

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If you are caught up in the race for the future, I’m not saying to stop.  I know it can be fun and exciting and exhilarating.  But I hope you can learn from my story and take time to live and love the moment each day.  I found that on my mat.  You may find it on a hike or a bike ride or on a ski slope.  Your present is your present.  I just hope you don’t miss it.

2 thoughts on “The Gift of the Present

  1. Nikki Nolan says:

    Jackie, I love this post. Thanks for sharing. Something similar to me happened 6 years ago. After a health diagnosis and stress from life and work, an opportunity to teach yoga came to me. I had been practicing yoga for 15 years at that point but it wasn’t until I did my teacher training that I was able to let go of the stress and learn to truly be in the present. I teach 6-8 classes a week and never dreamed my life would change the way it has. I love being able to help others feel good in their bodies, quiet their minds, calm their spirits and find peace in their lives but teaching them to be here now in the present and let go of things that do not serve them. I learned that it is in giving that we receive! Along with JP and other awesome things I’m doing, I’m happy to say my numbers are going down and my health has improved! So happy for your journey and discovery. Maybe teaching is in your future someday. I think with that and JP (which I also have been taking and sharing for 10 years now), we share an incredible message about healthy living to others! Love, Nikki

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    • Jackie says:

      Nikki, thank you so much for sharing! I had no idea that yoga was part of your story too. I’m glad it’s blessed us both! ❤️❤️

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