Rarely do quotes speak to me as these both do, and I'll tell you why...
This quote probably wouldn't mean as much to me if I didn't do weekly yoga. At the beginning of our practice, our instructor always says to let go of the day's stresses and worries, let go of any tension you are bringing in to class and just be present. And for the longest time it was very difficult for me to do that. We would start the class and i'd think about a project at work or what to make for dinner, what bills were due or when they last time I talked to a friend was. I was having a hard time enjoying class because I was constantly in the past and in the future but never in the present.
I started setting an intention at the beginning of my yoga class to simply 'let go'. Even if it was just for an hour, let go of whatever was weighing me down. Just stop, take a deep breath and exhale all of the worry away. Focus on what was happening now: my breath, how good it felt to stretch... Yoga has become a wonderful part of my life and helps with the concept of being present on a daily basis.
Flash forward to how this relates to every day life: how often do we find ourselves everywhere else but where we should be? Whether it is at work, having a cup of coffee with a friend or enjoying an evening with your family it is so easy to become distracted with thoughts that cloud the present moment. I am so guilty of this. It is important just to sit back, take a deep breath and soak in what is happening now. Not tomorrow, not last week. Now. My favorite memories are typically impromptu ones that weren't planned and i was fully engaged in the present moment. A funny joke, the way Avery plays with her baby dolls, having family all together at one time...simple moments that may never happen just like that again.
So i have just talked about the importance of being in the present moment and my second favorite quote focuses on the quality of that moment:
I often have visions of how I want my life to be: two kids, a dog, an old home, successful jobs, etc. But I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy what I have now. No need to rush life, it's important to just let it happen and to make life good, one day at a time. Bring positive vibes to your day and to whoever you meet. This can be hard if it's been a stressful day or there are other factors going on in life. But life only happens one day at a time. So you might as well make it a good one!
Well, this was an incredibly different post then what i typically write but i have wanted to share these quotes with my friends for awhile. Almost sounded hippy-ish! Enjoy and Namaste!