Recently, I was asked to teach a class for a group of students who focused on recommitting themselves to their goals. To stay committed to a goal overtime takes incredible focus, dedication and a continual emphasis on being mindful – pretty powerful stuff to build a yoga class around. As I sat with this idea and brainstormed how to teach this class, I looked at my own commitment to my practice: how it is has ebbed, flowed and changed overtime. I saw the times that I eagerly got on my mat, full of enthusiasm and curiosity, and I saw the times that my mat hid in its corner as things far more tempting then sitting for meditation called my name. What did it take to get back on my mat? What did it take to pass by the call of the TV, Facebook and a million other distractions? Renewal. Excitement. Possibility.
When things feel stale, difficult or tiresome we can look to Patanjali’s very first yoga sutra for encouragement:
Now this is Yoga observed in a tiny moment seated in the world
This verse reminds us to stay present – it isn’t about the end game or results. It is about sitting up and taking notice right here, right now. How is this Triangle pose different and important from all the other Triangle poses you’ve done?
As we mindfully pull ourselves into the present moment, can we see the beauty of possibility in each of these moments?
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
Recommit to your goals in this moment with the fullness of potential inside you.