Be Here Now—It’s the Only Place to Be!

Yoga meditation in the night with fireworks

You are in exactly the right place at exactly the right time – know this! Know it in your bones, and know it in your breath. Know it in the feeling of your feet touching the ground and in your skin touching the air around you.

Know it on your yoga mat. When you are resting in child’s pose, know it in the familiar feeling of support from gravity. As you stand in a warrior or a lunge, know that all of the choices you’ve ever made (even the ones that seemed like mistakes!) are supporting you from behind. As you set your gaze off into the unknown future, know the present moment in the verticality of your spine. As you surrender in reclined bound angle pose and feel the front of the body open, know through the experience of sensation in the present moment that things are unfolding in ways even more optimal than you could have imagined…

It is easy to get bogged down in regret over mistakes of the past, or caught up in worries about the future. It is also easy – if we can but remind ourselves of it – to come into contact with the present moment. By using our senses, and noticing what is happening RIGHT NOW, we are able to respond to what has come before, and thereby become active participants in creating all that is to come.

The first of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is “Atha yoga anusasanam”, which translates to “Now, the teachings of yoga”. The second line in the Yoga Sutras is “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah”, which can be translated as “Yoga is freedom from the fluctuations of the mind”. It is our nature to get caught up in the stuff of the mind, which again, basically consists of re-hashing the past and worrying or fantasizing about the future. When we practice yoga, we practice  stabilizing our awareness on what is occurring in the present moment. The mind may still fluctuate, but we find freedom from those fluctuations by grounding ourselves in body and breath – the things that can be experienced right now.

Now is the time to practice, and Here is the place. It only takes one breath, and the conditions are always perfect.