My yoga teacher, who is also one of my close friends, has some phrases that she likes to remind us of as we breathe, stretch, and strike poses. Some of my favorites are:
- Be present
- Be grateful
- Be aware
- You should feel an awareness in ... (and she names a location of our bodies)
While all these are perfect phrases for me to concentrate on while doing yoga, I've noticed that they've spilled over into my everyday life as well.
Be present - I'm trying to be more present in the moment, whether it is with friends, family, colleagues, or students. I am such a to do list kind of person, and sometimes I need to stop, and enjoy the moment or situation that might present itself to me, even when it is not on that darn list.
Be grateful - Since this challenge started, I have read many posts of gratitude. While I feel gratitude and generally have a positive outlook on life, there are those moments where I get bogged down in what could be instead of what is. One of my favorite slices about this topic was Kelli's. I need to be more like her, and take a situation that might be frustrating and try to find the grateful moment in it.
Be aware / feel an awareness - I feel like this is similar for me to the "be present" goal, because both are affected by that darn to do list. I think about the colleague that came to me recently, and I was in the middle of doing something so I only listened at 50%. I should have been more aware that her visit to me was of huge importance to her. I didn't pick up on that until much later. I need to lift my head up, make eye contact, and be aware of what others are saying to me.
So, as I write this on Sunday, and I'm looking toward the hectic schedule of this week, the week before our spring break, I need to take several deep breaths and see if I can go a little further in the skills of being present, grateful, and aware.
Hoping your week is filled with much presence, gratitude, and awareness, as well.
As always, thanks to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge!