I attended a wonderful yoga class this past Sunday. I always enjoy it when the instructor shares an interesting and thought provoking anecdote as class is right about to begin. The lights dim and the doors start to shut. I get a little excited about what the next few minutes will unfold. The message that resonated so deeply with me? Today is the best day.
Today is the Best Day
Learn from Others
My yoga instructor explained she has been immersed in a teacher training with a well-established yogi and doing work with senior citizens at a retirement home. Obviously the focus was on gentle stretching and breath work. No downward dog in this scenario. Ironically though it was the students that were in fact teaching him some interesting life philosophies.
One woman or “student” was well over a hundred years old. Of course had seen her fair share of tragedy and loss over her lifetime. She also ate a pound of chocolate a week, and had never heard of Whole Foods. So what was her secret for her health and longevity?
I hope that I will live to be over a 100 and ready to take on a new hobby such as yoga. Her answer was in fact very simple. Every day she woke up feeling that today was the best day. You have to wonder how that could really be. After all, she was old and surely her days of glory, beauty and excitement were in the distant past. She explained to the yogi that today was her best day because it was the only one she had.
How simple right? We have all heard that we cannot dwell on the past or project too far into the future. It is not an easy lesson. Yoga teaches us to sit still with our emotions, and be in the present moment. It is so easy to get dragged down with questioning our actions. It is a slippery slope to get caught up with obsessing.
What is this serving? The answer is that it is not helping us at all. This saying has been my new mantra the past few days. I like to say it to myself when I first wake up.
Today is it it my friends. Let us go and make the best of it.
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