I saw this on Pinterest a few days ago and absolutely love the message.
Let's begin with a personal tidbit: I am a devoted yogi. I crave it. I love the personal and physical strength I gain from my continuously improving practice. It pulls me away from negativity, darkness and chaos...It's simply amazing.
One of the main tenets of yoga is living in the present moment.
Another personal tidbit: I suffer from anxiety. Oftentimes, crippling anxiety. I have improved on this struggle greatly over the past few months, but it is still a challenge. My worry comes from everywhere and nowhere. From very real problems and some not so real ones cooked up in my brain. I worry about the future almost constantly. Or at least, I did. Not as much anymore, because my yoga practice has helped me to bring my focus to the present moment.
I really struggle with the present moment as it pertains to deployments. (But this could be applied to anyone who struggles with wishing away time because of a particular event or situation.) I want to count away the days, I want time to speed up...but this isn't healthy or productive! Now, I'm certainly not saying yoga cures me of wishing the time away during deployments, but it definitely has helped me savor sweet moments in between the loneliness. I always try to encourage military spouses that they should use deployments as a time to reconnect with themselves. Discover yourself, love yourself, pamper yourself. Don't just sit around wishing the time away-use the time! It will pass either way...
All in all, if you are living in the present moment, you will be more in tune and better able to make positive, enriching and meaningful decisions for your life. In turn, you won't have as much to be depressed about (past) or anxious about (future).
Cause let's be honest, it's about creating harmony.