“In this moment, where all things are possible…” I have been using this statement at the end of the guided meditations that I lead in my yoga classes. Each time I say it, I ask myself, “Is this really true?”  I ask myself, “How does this show up in my life?”

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I went to a Jack Canfield workshop in August of 2016. It was entitled, “Breakthrough to Success”. Canfield stepped into national recognition when his co-authored book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, now a series, sold 500 million copies. During his workshop he showed us a video, The Selective Attention Test, of a handful of college students playing basketball. We were asked a question.   In order to continue reading this blog, please hit the hot link and watch the video your self.[1]

I watched the video and actually arrived at the correct answer.  However, he then asked another question. I was so surprised because I had no idea to what he was referring.  He replayed the video and because I was now aware, I could answer his second question. This was startling to me. How could I have missed it first time? I was concentrating on counting the bounces. That was what was consuming my awareness. I was not in an open, relaxed awareness in which I took in everything. I was being tested and I wanted to get the correct answer.

In Canfield’s workshop I ‘got’ again that “Perception is reality”.   What I see, hear and feel are my reality markers. It doesn’t matter what is out there, what I perceive I assume is reality.

We all know that once we are introduced to something, i.e. a new model of car for instance, we see it everywhere. Have you ever taken the driver’s education course to lower your car insurance rate? It turns our drive to the grocery store into a defensive match. The cars that line the sidewalk have doors that can open at any moment. There could be a child chasing a ball running out in front of us at any moment. This experience of seeing the video’s array of possible driving mishaps changes our perception. It makes us hone in on our driving environment in a more defensive way. We aren’t just thinking about getting from A to B. We are focused on what could arise in the process.

At Canfield’s workshop Kathleen Seeley,  theseeleygroup.com, gave a lunch workshop entitled, “Tools to Maximize Your Learning”. One of the points she drove home with many examples she calls: “Tapping into the Gap Between the E and the R.”

  1. The Event
  2. The Story or interpretation of the event made up by you.
  3. The Feeling or feelings you created as a result of your story.
  4. The Response or what action is taken as a result of the story.

 

Where I put my attention is crucial to my state of mind beginning with my interpretation of an event.

Let’s consider Isaac Lidsky’s Ted Talk,

 

He discovered at age 13 that he had a degenerative eye disease and lost his sight by age 23. His talk is very inspirational! In it he states:

“Hold your self accountable for every moment, every thought, every detail. See beyond your fears. Recognize your assumptions. Harness your internal strength. Silence your internal critic. Correct your misconceptions about luck and about success. Accept your strengths and your weaknesses, and understand the difference. Open your hearts to your bountiful blessings.”

Now are you thinking this is too time consuming and taking self-awareness too far?  He is languaging the statement, “In this moment, where all things are possible.”

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Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote the following:

“The only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.”

The producer of the Selective Attention Test video reminded me in an email that “the limits of awareness and attention are structural.  You can take in different things depending on how and where you focus attention, but you can’t fundamentally change how much you take in (at least not much).”

I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to be more open and aware of your perceptions of an event and the result.  My statement:  In This Moment where all things are possible” is an invitation to be more aware and open to what is taking place in any moment.

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The Breath Diva tells us:

“Attention is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to others.”

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What is your body type? How does this influence your workout style and yoga preferences?

When I was in high school Levi’s jeans were one of the cool looks. Levi’s jeans are built for an ectomorph, someonewith long thin legs and a wider waist. I am a combo of mesomorph and endomorph; I have thighs and a more compact waist area. My thighs serve me well in cycling classes and in stability postures in yoga. However if I tried on a pair of Levi’s that fit my thighs, the waist area was too large.   It was not cool to use a belt if the fabric had to be gathered at the top. I did not fit the Levi’s mold. According to the Sheldon Somatotype model, each of us “inherited a body type based on skeletal frame and body composition”.   The University of Houston’s Teacher’s Corner article goes on to say, “William Sheldon, PhD, MD, introduced the concept of body types, or somatotypes, in the 1940’s. Since then, nutritionists exercise physiologists and even doctors have used it to help design effective, individualized fitness plans”.

The three types are characterized the following ways:

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Mesomorph

Muscular, broad shoulders, defined waist and slim hips.

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Ectomorph

Tall, long thin limbs and little body fat.

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Are round and solid and often appear overweight.

I like to share this information with my USF students because I think it is important to understand one’s physical body type so that we may work in harmony and appreciation of our gifts and chose appropriate activities to balance our body/mind.

In the Ayurvedic system, there are 3 body types or “Doshas”: Pita, Vata, and Kapha. According to mindbodygreen these body types have the following characteristics.

Pitta: Medium physique, strong, well built; a sharp mind and good concentration powers. Pitta’s tend to be orderly, focused, assertive and self confident.

Vata: Slender, Tall and quick to learn and grasp new knowledge but also quick to forget.

Kapha: Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; affectionate and loving. Forgiving, compassionate and non judgmental. Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build.

I have correlated these 3 body types with the Somatotypes. I am not the first person to correlate these 3 Ayurvedic doshas with the Sheldon Somatotypes.

We can have an ‘Aha’ moment when we realize our personality characteristics are strongly influenced by our physical body type. A Pitta/Mesomorph, strong and muscular can be assertive and possibly quick to anger.   A Kapha/Endomorph, who has a solid build, has enduring patience and is slow to anger. A Vata/Ectomorph is the forward thinking, creative person who may move quickly from one area of interest to another.

In relationships and in the workplace these doshas and body types have a strong influence. The Vata/Ectomorph gets up early in the morning.   The Kapha/Endomorph gets up late, is slow to get moving and has the endurance to stay up late to finish a project for instance. This body type will stick with a project until it is just right, never straying from the goal. The Vata/Ectomorph works on a project but not non-stop.   The Vata/Ectomorph needs to eat regularly to keep blood sugar levels up. The Kapha/Endomorph can skip meals and then feast in one sitting. The Vata/Ectomorph will come back to the project several times before finishing it. Then may tend to jump to a new idea and has to work on “stick-to-it-ness.”

In fitness that same applies. A Pitta/Mesomorph is an avid exerciser choosing demanding workouts that are challenging and varied. They tend to like a schedule and want to monitor their workout progress with fitness gadgets. The Vata/Ectomorph needs variety in their workout to stay motivated. These are truly the individuals that the experience oriented marketers target. They are on to the latest, hottest workouts on the market. One Vata/Ectomorph type mentioned he like to do activities where he can keep score; he plays handball. The Kapha/Endomorph has to enjoy their workout. They would tend to not be the early morning workout person. They are the trickiest clients to work with because they tend to not be self motivated in this area. They may have to multitask when working out, such as watch the news or a favorite television program. I want them to do endurance workouts. I want them to do things to get themselves moving in the morning – even just jump on a home elliptical to rev up their metabolism while they watch the news.  Or, take their dog for a walk.

What about yoga and pilates? Unknown.jpegThe creator of the Pilates Coach program, Leslee Bender is an Ectomorph. Because of her long limbs, she added a mini ball between her knees to make a Teaser safer for her lower back. She became the fitness guru of using props in Pilates classes.  Joseph Pilates was a Mesomorph.

A Pitta/Mesomorph will have strong, well defined muscles. Standing, strength postures come easy to this group. An Ashtanga or Bikram class would be appealing. Touching their toes may not. Because their muscles are short and strong, flexibility is not their strong suite. Bending their knees, widening their stance in a forward bend is helpful. The Vata/Ectomorph has long limbs and muscles, they adapt to flexibility more easily. Standing single leg balances such as standing bow can be challenging. Iyengar or Flow classes may be more appealing to these long limbed individuals. Vinyasa, as long as the sequences do not load the hips repeatedly would be a good choice.

The Endomorph/Kapha is strong and stable in yoga postures. Forward bends may be uncomfortable because of the compression to the abdomen.   Their bodies respond very well to an appropriate yoga program that is paced evenly and presents a well balanced series of postures. Wide base standing postures such as triangle, Warrior 1 and 2 are good for this body type as well as spinal twists.  A flow that is challenging is recommended becausethey need a practice that keeps them engaged.

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“In this moment I can slowly inhale

and fully appreciate my body/mind.”

 

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I gave a talk in 2003 at Bikram’s one time Yoga Expo, “Why Do We Practice Yoga, Firm Buttocks or Self Realization?” And I of course say “Yes” to both.  In a recent article on MSN/health, “10 Reasons Your Belly Fat Isn’t Going Away” I realized that I could now give a talk entitled: “Why do we Practice Yoga: Flat Belly!”

The List

“Your sweat sessions don’t involve sweat [ Make sure your cardio intensity is high enough so that you sweat.]

You’re on a low-fat diet [Add healthy plant based fats such as olive oil or avocados to your diet.]

You’ve been feeling blue for a while [Depression is linked to poor eating habits and limited physical activity.]

Your food comes from a box [Carbohydrates can spike insulin levels.]

You’re skimping on the miracle mineral [Eat foods rich in magnesium.]

You’re hooked on diet soda [Think you are saving more calories than you are?]

You love Burgers [Eat more salmon.]

You think girls don’t get beer guts [Wine or beer can cause belly fat.]

Can’t recall when you last said ‘Om” [See explanation below.]

Your meals are beige” [Eat a rich pallate of color for a skinny mid section.]

This is a good list and worth your consideration.

However, Sheila Dugan, MD was cited suggesting, “Not a fan of Sun Salutations? Take an hour to do something nice for yourself, which could help control your stress hormones.”

I am suggesting that a regular hatha yoga practice can positively affect your belly fat and your mood. This online article went on to say,   “Menopause-related hormonal changes (which typically begin in your 40s) make it harder to shed stomach pudge——but vigorous yoga can help offset the effects. A 2012 study found that postmenopausal women who did an hour-long yoga session three times a week for 16 weeks lost more than 1/2 inch around their waists.”  Even though this study cited women, yoga for streamlining the torso applies to men as well.

I would say that it is not just sun salutations, the yoga practice warm-up preparing your muscles and your spinal column for the demands of other postures.  It is rather the gentle squeezing and releasing action of the yoga postures that contribute to a flat belly.  Various postures put a tourniquet on the muscle, organ or gland.  The release increases circulation.  This increase in circulation is beneficial and allows the glands to release their hormones directly into our systems.

These five asanas are at the top of my list for reducing and utilizing the middle section of our body.  Sitting at desks, driving, checking our devices has us in forward facing, none twisting positions most of our day.  Twisting and backbends reverse this habit pattern.

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with the focus on lifting the arms, pulling them back and stretching through the whole Rectus Abdominis (RA). Breathe in through the nostrils and exhale deeply feeling the spot where your ribs split, where the diaphragm lifts and deepen the breath into this spot.  Do 3-5 breaths here. Then, add a twist by lifting the back heel, bringing your palms together and twist over your front bent knee. This is a spinal twist, a bit of a balance since your back heel is lifted.   Bring the bottom of the rib cage as far around as possible by squeezing the heels of your hands together. Look up and back.

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which asks the Transverse Abdominis (TA) as well as (RA) to hold the contents of your abdomen up and away from gravity.  If straight arms are an issue, go to forearm height.  I like holding plank for 8 to 10 seconds and repeating several times.  It is easy to move into a side plank using a front, right side, front, left side plank sequence.

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which is a backbend extraordinaire.  It is not necessary to put your hands on your heels.  Camel can be done with your palms on your mid back.  Lift your chest and press your hips forward in this pose.  Again, use your breath to deepen into and stretch your abdomen.

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by gently folding forward and taking hold of your heels.  Inhale and as you exhale open your mouth breathing as much of your breath out as possible.  Feel your (TA) and (RA) lift, hollowing out your abdomen.  You are facing your knees; avoid looking up at your navel.  This is contraindicated for your neck.

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holding the twist focusing on a deep exhalation and the crown of your head lifting.  Perform on both sides.

These postures are probably already a part of your yoga classes.  Be mindful while you are performing these 5 postures of their inherent benefits to your trunk, abdominal area.

(Thank you to my yoga class participants for allowing me to capture them in a pose.  And to yoga teacher, Laura Burkhart for her beautiful plank.)

From Ananda Marga’s yoga teachers’ manual, “The entire human organism is controlled by the hormones. Every system, every organ, every tissue, every cell is guided in its functioning by hormones. The proper growth and functioning of the various parts of the body is possible only when there is a balanced secretion of all these hormones.

Asanas balance the hormonal secretions from the various glands. The twisting and bending positions of the asanas, held for specific periods of time, place continued and specific pressure on the various glands of the body, thus stimulating them in various ways and regulating their secretions.

In the Shoulder Stand, for example, the contraction of the neck muscles combined with the pressure of the chin on the chest squeezes blood out of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. In the Fish Pose which immediately follows the Shoulder Stand, the glands are stretched and flooded with blood. The combination of these two poses effectively massages and stimulates these two glands, thus greatly improving their functions.”

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Whispers of the Breath Diva:

“In this moment I can fully exhale and feel my diaphragm.  I can fully feel the wave of my breath moving through my core.”

MikeI recently took a ‘Hot Pilates’ class. The format begins with one minute of continuous bicycle abs followed by a minute of mountain climbers.  We repeated this combination 6 times. So, 12 minutes later I was hoping this exact segment would not be repeated during this hour of exercise! What I did notice is that my mind was grasping for the next mountain climber segment, since this was easier to perform than the bicycles. I wanted relief from the demands of the bicycle exercise. You know what I am talking about: lying on your back with your elbows bent and palms holding your head, knees bent in table-top position, you alternate right elbow to left knee, left elbow to right knee. Your legs scissor back and forth. The object is to lift from your respective sides employing your oblique muscles, the muscles responsible for twisting and rotating our spinal column. This is a demanding process; done properly it is a very demanding process. A mountain climber is executed starting in down dog position, lift your knees to your chest repeatedly for the minute.

Question is, “How do we employ mindfulness during these demanding exercises?”  Our mind is actively processing the comfort or lack there of during each repetition. The instructor is reminding you of proper alignment and execution. Our self-talk is noting, “Am I lifting and twisting my chest high enough?” “Am I being precise enough?” “This is uncomfortable!” “How much longer will this go on?” There is relief when one segment is completed. Then the possible self talk when we have completed all 6 segments of each. “Wow, I did it!” “I want to do this class again!” “I am getting stronger.” Is this not mindfulness? It is not the quiet mindfulness when we pay attention to one breath. This is not the quiet mindfulness technique of counting our breath, four counts in, pause, four counts out, pause.
I would suggest that it is the same mindfulness expect for the physiological response of exercise. During the bicycle and the mountain climber exercises our breathing is increased, we are sweating, our heart rate is increased and we are moving our body.  During a simple mindfulness moment we may be stationary, not moving. Our physiological responses are going in the other direction. Herbert Benson termed the phrase, Relaxation Response. Heart rate slows, positive hormones increase and breathing slows. The combination results in feelings of comfort, ease, i.e. ‘relaxation’.

Like a boxcar on a roller coaster track, I had to corral my thoughts into a positive direction during this demanding class. I didn’t want to be negative; I wanted to inspire myself to perform as well as possible on that given day. It helped to keep me going. I often remind myself that, “What I focus on, expands”. So by ignoring the unpleasantness of the workout, I was able to have success. I left feeling better than when I entered the class. I felt as if I had accomplished something demanding.

In our mindfulness practice we can apply the same principles.  Choose a time of day or a routine event like walking to your car. Make it a practice to look around. As you walk this familiar path, notice everything around you. Employ all of your senses:  look at the sky, feel yourself in the outside world, smell the air and just generally be mindful in the present moment. This requires a type of endurance.  This focus will put you in the moment so that other mundane or disturbing thoughts are replaced. By practicing this sensory awareness focus, mindfulness will be enhanced. Perhaps gratitude will become part of the mix!

Whispers of the Breath Diva:

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In this moment I can fully focus and be present!

 

Mindfulness”  has become a new buzz word.

FlowerMeditation and Mindfulness are like clogs on a wheel. They are part and parcel of awareness.  Mindfulness is like the little sister of meditation.  She needs only short, frequent exercise.  The big brother meditation is like a body builder who increases the weight and number of repetitions over time to gain muscular strength.

Someone new to meditation spends say 5 minutes paying attention to their breath.  Over time that person is able to spend 20 minutes in and out of a singular focus.  Both of these practices have similar benefits.  Reducing levels of cortisol and other stress hormones, lowering blood pressure and stress reactivity as well as circulating youth enhancing positive hormones.

In Daniel Goleman’s Linkedin in article, “What Mindfulness is – And Isn’t” he describes how our mind is designed to wander.  Based on a Harvard study, Goleman writes,  “In fact the mind is wired to wander about 50% of the time…”  This idea that successful meditation or even successful mindfulness is based on stopping the activity of the mind is erroneous and sets up a false expectation.  We have all had the experience of being in the moment.  We are in singular focus and may not even hear the sounds around us.  When this happens it is a lovely experience.  Meditators will tell us that the discipline of “sitting” for a named period of time is the key to successful meditation.  Yes, the mind wanders.  Yes, that one item on your to do list all of a sudden becomes the most important detail of your life.  Yes, you must get up right now.  However, the practice of letting that thought go, and letting the next thought go for that determined, set time is what is the key.  The moment that you feel at peace, even for a few seconds, is the reward for your efforts.

It is how something makes us feel that is the true litmus test of the innate value of that activity.  Even if we don’t make time to sit and meditate, we can enhance our lives by being mindful.  I have written about “witness consciousness” in my earlier blog, Youth Enhancing Moments.  I have noticed that I repeat thoughts.  If these are past or negative thoughts I use a simple mindfulness technique I borrowed from Lisa Wimberger’s Neurosculpting.  First step, I notice that I am entertaining a repeated thought.  In my mind I spell out the word, “R E L E A S E” and tap my body with my non dominate hand.  It is a simple technique to disassociate from the non productive, repeated thought.  You can decide to use the word, “release”, “let go”, “enough”; whatever word has the most meaning to you.

If mindfulness or meditation are interests, I highly recommend Jon Kabat Zinn’s Sounds True audio program, “The Mindfulness Revolution”.  He describes the ability to be mindful as fundamental to the human experience and not a anomaly.  He goes on in this audio interview to say:  “The fundamental question facing all human beings: “Who are we?”  “What are we doing here?” “What is the meaning, calling, purpose of a body life lived?”  When we use the word, “mindfulness” we are referring to a way of being, a way of paying attention that leads to a more robust capacity to live inside of our awareness as opposed to being caught up in discursive thinking and emotional reactivity which is often blinding. This leads to a great deal of suffering or a sense of being lost, confused or out of touch with what is most fundamental. My work over the last 32 years, demonstrates that regular people are capable of training to a point that transforms the way they actually are in their internal and external experience.”  He says it all so perfectly!

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In this moment I am alive, awake and aware!

Another cultural holiday is upon us.  I wanted to take an opportunity to consider not just our significant other, if we have one, but all of those we love.  When we think of all of the people in our lives to which we express love how do we do this?  What are the ways that we show our mate, parents, our close friends, siblings, children and grand children our warm regard and appreciation.

Gary Chapman termed the “5 Love Languages” in his 1995 book so named.  They are:

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Acts of Service

Receiving Gifts

Quality Time

Physical Touch

Take a look at the list, which do you think you want to receive?   Which do you think are the most often employed in your relationships?  There is a questionnaire on the site, www.5lovelanguages.com.   You will discover your top 3 in the order of importance.

I love to observe people and how they interact with one another outside of a business or work environment.  No matter what age or gender we all have ways of showing each other that we care, that we are important to one another.  Can you imagine an infant not receiving physical touch?  Studies show how detrimental this can be.  In any of our relationships showing positive regard is essential.  How do we?  And more importantly, how does the significant other receive what we interpret as giving love in their language?  ‘Words of Affirmation’ constitute a strong relationship builder when sincere.  To some, this may be a moot point.  If touch is important to one person and not the other chances are that neither will be very satisfied.  A squeeze, showing appreciation could be interpreted as a “bother”.

The adage, “Money isn’t everything” would apply to ‘Acts of Service’ and ‘Quality Time’.  We show our regard by doings things for and with someone.  When you wash the windows, is it a turn on for your mate?  May be.  Our attention is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and to others.  Being present with someone is a wonderful gift.  Before they were married, one of my friends now husband would take her car and have it washed, fill up the tank and return it to her on a weekly basis.  She got that he was doing a wonderful act of service for her.  Yet, it inconvenienced her when he had the car.

I like that the next category ‘Receiving Gifts’.  So many of us love to receive gifts.  I know we also like to know that thought went into the gift, that it is something especially for us.

What do you think are your top three? Which do you think make your loved one’s feel loved, appreciated and secure?  I remember being admonished by someone I was in relationship with when I couldn’t remember his favorite, See’s candy.  Forget buying a box; he wanted his favorite!  When we give what we think will please based on our likes and dislikes, our assumptions, we don’t always hit the mark with the person to whom we want to show appreciation.

I bring this up because we are in the throes of another Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to underline that there are so many ways to show love to those we cherish in our lives.  There is a side to Valentine’s Day which is focused on a significant other, yet love is a bounty that knows no bonds.  Part of being happy, well adjusted is loving and being loved by family and friends.

The question too, aside from taking the test and discussing it with your loved ones, is how do we broach this subject?  There is an underlying assumption in our culture that we should instinctually understand the object of our affection.  In my experience this is sometimes hard work or at the very least, a process.

Here’s hoping you will give this some consideration, some exploration and conversation so that your relationships will be enhanced in the process.  Love and affection do create health enhancing hormones!

Whispers of the Breath Diva:

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In this moment, I open to giving and receiving Love!

Listening to Matin L. Rossman, MD’s talk, “How Your Brain Can Turn Anxiety into Calmness” on University of California Television (UCTV) and delighting in a scientifically based argument against worrying.

One teacher told me early on, “Worrying is a useless activity; don’t let your mind go there, you will be wasting precious energy.”  In theory I agree, and I do find myself worrying.  In his superb lecture, Dr. Rossman asks us to make a list and divide our worries into 3 categories:  ‘Things I can change’, ‘Things I am not sure I can change’, ‘Things I can not change’.  Do this now.  For instance, I can change my lifestyle choices;  I can change my attitude.  I may be able to change…  I cannot change the past.

Rossman makes the point that by “turning worry around into a positive visualization” we can reduce our own stress.  He suggests, we ask ourself the question, “If it were up to me…”  Create an imagine of the outcome you desire.  Reinforce this image whenever you begin to worry.  Turn the negative outcome, that which you feel you have little or no control over, around.  Rossman suggests saying to yourself, “This is where I am going to put my energy.”  The redirection of our thoughts takes practice.  Try this and notice how you feel.  BirdsofPardise

He uses an example of an expert skier at the top of a run.  This skier assesses the run, noticing the obstacles on the run.  If the skier where to keep looking at the obstacle, the large rock on the side, he would surely ski into the obstacle.  If rather he puts his attention on where he wants to go, he will successfully ski the line of the run.  Focusing our attention on the positive outcome, is his suggestion.

This does take practice; it takes imagination.  Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  He also said, “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

When I was taking riding lessons and learning how to jump, I was told, “Always look beyond the jumping bar to where you want the horse to go.  If you  look at the bar, the horse will interpret this as you wanting him to stop at the jump.”  I found that fascinating and wonderful at the same time.  Move beyond fear and worry.  Put your eyes on your target.

PauseAnother expert,  David Steindl-Rast, in his TED talk entitled, “Want to be happy? Be grateful”, suggests we “STOP”-“LOOK”  and “LISTEN” to cultivate an appreciation of our life, to cultivate gratitude.  His premise is that gratitude makes us happy.  When we stop, look and listen, we tune-in to the moment: the birds flying by, the waxing moon in the sky, notice…so many details of our lives.  We know that good hormones circulate in our system in response to feelings of gratitude.  Youth enhancing hormones circulate.  I would shift this command to “PAUSE”, “LOOK and LISTEN”.  As the Breath Diva says,  “In this moment I can fully inhale, fully receive life force, vitality and pure energy!”

He goes on to say, “Opportunity is the gift within every gift.  Every moment is a gift!  This is the key to happiness.   We hold the key to our happiness in our own hand.”  Fear and gratitude cannot exist in the same place in our mind.  By pausing, looking and listening we have an opportunity to be present.    As the Breath Diva says, “In this moment I can fully exhale, fully release tension, fatigue and fear.”  His invitation is to be in the present moment through our senses, instead of being ‘in our heads”.  Using our senses to listen, to see, to taste, to cherish the present moment.

Serendipitously, Sunday after working on this blog, I walked by the placard pictured on the left.  If you read it you will notice how perfectly it fits here.

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In this moment I can be fully Present.