Like me, I’m sure many of you will have given and received Christmas gifts over the last few days as we’ve spent time with family and friends. I suspect many of us may have eaten and drunk a little too heartily and well and I hope there has been much joy in your world.
There has also been sad news as we have heard about the passing of Rick Parfitt, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. They have touched the lives of many and their departures will affect many, particularly those closest to them. As many of you will, I’m sure, I offer my deepest condolences.
This afternoon I taught a yoga class which I had actually intended to go to, but the teacher had a change of plans and she asked me if I would take it instead, which I was more than happy to do. Those of you that know me will be aware that I like to have a theme for my practice and it seemed to me that “gift of the present” was appropriate for many reasons. After the gifts of Christmas, it was an opportunity to take some time to focus on how we are feeling now, to be kind to ourselves, especially if we are stiff from sitting around over the last few days, and to be here in the present moment, making the most of now, rather than dwelling on the past or waiting for things to come. The present is all we really have – the gift of life.
The passing of souls close to us – and those known to us from a distance – affects us all in different ways. The closer the loss, the harder it is. Life has taught me that. It has also taught me to remember that that the gift of life is one to be nurtured and enjoyed as much as we can. No one said life was easy.
So today, I encouraged my class to focus their practice on being in the present – the gift of the present. As I offered them, so I offer you, some words from the lovely “Little Book of Peace”:
“We are told that first we sow the seeds and later we harvest. In truth, we don’t have to wait for later. When we focus on the beauty of the now, each moment can be exquisite. When we focus on the beauty of the now, we are filled with a sense of gratitude. When we focus on the beauty of now, we are able to harvest WHILE we are sowing the seeds!”
May you enjoy the gift the present has to give you in each and every moment.
© Sarah Swan (29 December 2016)