Posted by: Bruce Black | April 1, 2018

Here and Now

“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.” — Osho

This moment. Now.

It’s what I seek in every pose, hoping to embrace it fully.

Only the moment that I have it in my grasp, it slips away to another moment and another, and I can end up spending a lifetime chasing these moments, trying to hold onto each moment before life ends, only to find I can never grasp the moment and hold onto it, which is what I tried to do before I started practicing yoga.

Not only did I want to hold onto each moment a moment longer, I wanted to keep these moments from moving on. I wanted to stop time, to keep my mother from dying, to hold onto the moments of happiness with her before she was stricken with cancer; to savor the moments of joy with my family that were part of my childhood and youth; to stretch a joyous moment into a lifetime of joy.

But, of course, I couldn’t stop time, and at the loss of each of these moments I’d feel disappointment and sadness and regret that I hadn’t been able to hold onto them, to take from each moment as much joy and happiness as possible, as if each moment were a delicious fruit–a succulent orange or tangerine–and I hadn’t sucked every sweet drop from its skin.

And then came yoga.

And I saw each pose as symbolic of the moments that I couldn’t hold onto, of time flowing, of the stream of moments that make up a life. And I began to see how futile it is to try to hold onto a moment.

Yoga taught me to immerse myself in the flow of moments, the stream of life running through me and around me. Each pose taught me that each moment would arrive–I could see it coming–and a moment later it would leave–and I could see it departing. And in the middle was this moment. Here and now.

I understood that if I focused on my breath, I could see this flow of moments more clearly. Breathing–inhaling, exhaling, and the pause between the two, the pinnacle of the breath–reveals each moment in its fullness before it dissolves into an exhale and becomes the next inhale…

Yoga taught me to accept the passage of time, to stop trying to cling to the moments of joy that I never wanted to end, to understand that in grasping for the moment, longing for it to last forever, I’d lose the moment.

It’s only when we are in the flow of poses, in rhythm with our breath, that we can fully appreciate each moment as it comes and goes–and each person in our lives, our own life, too.

Practice Journal: Do you find yourself clinging to what you love, reluctant to let go? How has your yoga practice helped you notice your reluctance to let go, to recognize, perhaps, your fear of releasing what you love? How has yoga helped you learn to live in the here and now, to savor the present moment without fear of losing it or worrying about what might come next? Write: 10 min.

 

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  1. thank you for the article so true …about yoga.


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