This week has been eye opening for me on numerous levels. A Pinch of Ginger has been my adventure into finding a healthy balance in life. That balance includes work, nutrition, exercise and emotional/spiritual stability.
As I mentioned before, my work and personal calendars have been packed to the gills, often causing me to multi-task, think of the next task and therefore unable to savor and be in each moment as it happened.
I often struggle with this schedule because it feels emotionally exhausting before I even begin. This is not to say I don’t enjoy a full social calendar, because I certainly do. And I also enjoy a busy work day, but when they begin to become tiresome, I often start to re-evaluate “Is this what I really want?” “Where do I fit into this equation?” When the answer is “Well I could squeeze in 30 minutes here and I guess I could relax on a Saturday 3 weeks from now” it becomes daunting. This is all leading somewhere – I swear.
A dear friend of mine lost a family member this week, and as we gathered at the church on the beautiful Friday morning, I soaked in the moment and the range of emotions from empathy to peace. The priest during the service talked about living in the moment- about trying just to be. This is a story I’ve been told many times during yoga practice, but easily dismissed as a thought only practiced by the greatest of yoginis.
Reflecting more, I began to take on a new approach. Why would you live for anything but the moment? Life is so fragile; it could be taken from each of us tomorrow. Savoring each moment would be to live fully. So, I have pledged to myself to make a more conscious effort to just be. Stop planning, stop anticipating, and start living. And really there is great balance in living in each moment. That means work problems are not carried home, and relationship stress (bf, gf, family, friends) do not leak into other areas of your life – because you are already moving on to the next moment.
This quote from college buddy Trish
has stuck with me and I hope you take it in too.
"Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty Universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything in the “real world.” Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a Universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so intensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family, and freedom. Above all, stay gold." - Dominic Owen Mallary
Question of the Day: Do you live for the moment? If not, what’s stopping you?