One time while leading one of my yoga classes, we were doing Moon Salutations for the New Moon. I like to mix things up after a few rounds, and sometimes each round. This particular class had three individuals who have done this flow with me. It was amazing because all three of them anticipated a pose I included in the last few rounds, and none of them heard me lead them into a different pose at that point. All three of them are in a Crescent Moon pose, and I’m in Warrior II pose. I joked that their Warriors all needed some work…and all three of them looked at me at the same time. They realized what they had done. They weren’t paying attention and being in the moment. It was like an “Aha” moment for all of us. This was just one incident of the message, but it was a profound one, indeed.
Mindfulness allows us to focus on ourselves and can help us reach for enlightenment. – Heather Lang
Mindfulness is being in your present moment without anticipating what is coming next. It’s allowing what comes next to flow to you. So many people tend to go through the motions without being attentive to the situation. Driving is a perfect example. While driving, many are paying more attention distractions such as the radio, the cell phone, other car occupants, or thinking about their “to-do” list. Yet, driving requires mindfulness. If you aren’t paying attention to driving, you might hit another car, or you might run a stop sign, or worse, hurt yourself or someone else.
Mindfulness is being attentive to each moment, action, feeling and thought. It’s ensuring you know exactly what is happening around you and within you, without judging. It’s being completely aware and focused in the present moment without worrying about the future or repeating your past. Mindfulness is not allowing yourself to be distracted by outside forces, people, events or situations. Mindfulness allows you to focus solely on you and the purpose at hand. Mindfulness can then lead to enlightenment as you recognize what is happening within you. You can then be aware of a feeling that crops up and you can attend to it. While practicing yoga lately, I’ve noticed my calves are very tight. I’ve been ensuring I warm them up and stretch them out. I have, also, been asking “what am I carrying around in my calves which I cannot release?” I believe I have found the answer, which sits “right” within my heart chakra. Another “Aha” moment! I enlightened myself to something that I didn’t realize I was still carrying around for the past 22 years! All of us are still learning and growing, after all!
May you practice mindfulness in your life and reach for your enlightened self!