It’s the end of the school year! Hurrah! We are so thrilled to be done with yet another year of school – no more essays, exams and projects, no more paper bag lunches, early morning band rehearsal, late night studying. It’s all over…so why do I miss it so much?
Isn’t that just the eternal joke? Wherever we are is painful and uncomfortable, and once we are done with this moment life will be so much better. The grass is so much greener and organic over there! But once over there, we mourn for what we had over here. When will we make peace with this ephemeral world? Maybe with the help of a consistent yoga practice.
This is what I love about about a vinyasa practice – practicing presence with every breath in and every breath out. That after one inhale or five full breaths or ten full breaths or whatever finite amount of time this too shall pass. We will no longer be feeling the deep discomfort of awkward pose and we instead will have moved on to crow pose and all the mind chatter that starts up again every time we enter a new asana, “I love this pose!” “I hate this pose!” “This reminds me of a bird I saw today!” All that chatter which attempts to pull us away, to rob us from this moment, this precious moment. And no, this moment will not last forever, for once the last breath is exhaled, we will be moving on to the next pose, and the one after that, and the one after that. So instead of mourning what we have lost, we can celebrate what we are feeling now, discomfort or elation, it’s all the same, just breathing deeply into wherever you are. This ephemeral moment is yours to enjoy. So be present. Breathe deep.