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On being here…

February 13, 2013

Ever feel like maybe you are exactly where you need to be?

That circumstances and decisions made in the past have all led to your being here at this exact place and moment in time…

That maybe we shouldn’t be rushing off to or worrying about the next thing because this moment has its own value to impart…

That you wouldn’t have the great things that you have now if it weren’t for less than desirable situations in the past…

That maybe rough times are up ahead and we need to appreciate the present so that we can thrive in the future…

That this present though far from perfect is still good in its own unique way…

In the spiritual practice of yoga, one of the guiding principles is Santosha. Simply put, it is the practice of contentment. There are many ways to interpret that. For me, it’s living in the moment and spending more time recognizing what I have rather than lamenting over things that I don’t. I am where I need to be and I have what I need.

Does it mean that I don’t wonder how differently life would have been if I had decided to go to a different college? (Or other similar life-altering decisions?) I still do but rather than thinking it might have been better I simply acknowledge that all I can ever really know for sure is that it would have been different.

I am here now. In my current job. With my husband. In our cozy apartment. With good friends living nearby. With my gaze turned towards the future but my feet firmly rooted into the present ground.

Outerbanks Sunrise

Namaste.

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2 Comments
  1. YYogini permalink

    I’m happy you for you that you are in this state of mind. I have at some point in the past, but definitely not right now. Struggling to reach the state you are describing. I will keep working on it!

    • Some days I want to pack hubs into the car, hop in, drive away and live out in the country, get away from it all and never come back. Urban living has been terribly wearying on the soul but when I’ve calmed down I remind myself that all things are temporary… And possibly, better time (and more open space) is ahead! Good luck and thanks for reading!

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