Every present moment is highly rich in internal experience, which includes body sensations and mental events (thoughts, accompanying emotions and feelings).
Right now at this present moment hundreds of (mainly repetitive) thoughts are spinning in your head, evoking different emotions, assembling mental pictures of what will be in your life or what has already been there.
The mind is judging, making plans, trying to live, and constantly reviewing conversations and situations from the past. Most of time all those events are “happening to us” and spinning around on automatic mode.
Whether you believe it or not, mental events heavily influence the quality of your life – mood, temper, what you feel and do, and your actions and reactions. That is why we need to learn to land at the “Here and now” – as we enter the present moment we switch from automatic modus of existence to creative engagement into own life.
Yoga and mindfulness practice are great tools for experiencing the Here & Now. Being fully present is different from “flow moments” when you are completely absorbed with an activity and lose a sense of time. At the Here & Now you can actively, and with curiosity, observe and get know the building blocks of your reality: thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and feelings.
As yoga and mindfulness are called “practice,” it is highly advised to take a chance, a little bit of time, and simply try it out.
The concept is given here as an invitation for your further reflection whether you have just started with mindfulness & yoga for beginners, regularly attend mindfulness & yoga classes, a student at yoga teacher trainings programs or someone who looks for a chance to find some depth in everyday life.
Yoga is a pragmatic science where everything is tested and verified through direct experience.
Just as space isn’t defined by the objects that move through it, awareness isn’t defined or limited by the thoughts, emotions, perceptions, and so on that it apprehends. Awareness simply is.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Conscious human minds are more-or-less serial virtual machines (hint: Made of rules rather than wires) implemented – inefficiently on the parallel hardware that evolution has provided for us.
Let’s not forget the joy of doing something slow and difficult.
The ego could be defined simply in this way – a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment.
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