Wow, day 2 of yoga camp really brought a whole new dimension to the way I think and move through a yoga practice! By creating the space and time to take it slow and by adapting the practice to where I am at today, I was able to clear my mind of everything on my “to do” list and became more full-body aware. And talk about making it through 50 minutes?! I’m giving myself a pat on the back for completing my longest practice yet!
Throughout my practice, every so often I would meditate on today’s mantra I create. At first I was confused by what it meant. But as my practice progressed, I realized that to me it means this:
I create space in my mind and space in time for what’s present and most important in my life.
Lately my mind has been crammed full of thoughts about the future, who I am becoming as an individual, what needs to get done tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that…
But now I’ve realized that I’ve been so focused on the future and on temporary things that I am beginning – or have already begun – to lose sight of what’s present – what’s happening to me now at this very moment – and what’s most important in life – which to me is my relationship with God.
As much as we’d all love to, I’m sure, we cannot create more time. But what we can create is space within that time to spend on things that matter – right now – in life. Am I putting God on the shelf because I don’t have time for Him? Am I rejecting friends, family, and present opportunities because I’m too busy?
I love this quote: Worry about it when the time comes and focus on what needs to get done now. The Bible even tells us to do this in Matthew 6:25 – 34.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”