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The present moment is the only moment.

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I’d like to offer you some words from the globally respected spiritual teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh:

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“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.”

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This sentiment is so simple and obvious, yet so profound. It is so easy to get caught up in the challenges and problems of our lives so we forget to see the beauty of the moment.  Indeed, that moment may be difficult, but, as all moments do, it will pass.  Whether the present moment be joyous or sad, it serves to remind us that we are alive, and that we should live that moment fully.

The past is behind us and the future is always yet to come. The present is all we really have and, by living with deeper awareness, we can make the most of our lives.

So next time you are feeling challenged by circumstances or stressed by those around you, just stop for a moment and get off that mental merry-go-round… Take some lovely deep breaths.  Tell that little voice in your head to be quiet, notice how you are feeling and you will find yourself slowing down.  Take a moment or two to just be.  And somehow miraculously you will find that you really know what you need to do or not do next.

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If you find it hard to be in the present moment, take time and try this from time to time.

The benefits of yoga practice are many. Physical wellbeing is but one part, as it can also help us develop and cultivate our ability to live with awareness, aid relaxation and improve our mental and emotional wellbeing.   I know that it has improved my life and I look forward to sharing some practice with you soon.


©  Sarah Swan (June 2015)

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  • Cheryl Youngman

    I love this post on the present moment.
    To me it is one of the most important disciplines of yoga – yet it is so difficult to achieve in our busy western lives.
    I hope you don’t mind if I share some of your thoughts in my class Sarah – I will of course tell my students they are yours.