Bill and I are yogis – enjoying the practice 4 times a week keeps us committed, flexible and forever trying to be present.
Shavasana is when we are to be most present. Per Wikipedia it is intended to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. In Shavasana, practitioners’ breath deepens, and the stress of the day is released. The yogi forgets all other thoughts and surrenders any psychological effort. While in Shavasana, yogis slip into blissful neutrality and reflect on the practice.
Yeah right – we also make plans and lists….
However, travel – from experiencing all the beauty in between using a bathroom with urine overflowing the brim to seeing a dead man laying on the street – gives me the most opportunities to be “present”.
Everything is new. Engaged in our surroundings there is no room for lists and planning and there are no expectations.
I always thought golf, scuba diving and being with the kids made me present. However, upon reflection golf is just a plain masochistic way of being present – scuba diving has me constantly looking for sharks and being with the kids (best of all) still has me being the mom.
World exploration is good for the soul. It has helped me become more accepting and tolerant. I am constantly learning. Reflection and deeper thinking has lead to more understanding.
When present I don’t have time to fear. It affords me the opportunity to get out of my head.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson