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?
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.
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.