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Living in the Present Moment, by Melissa Perehudoff

March 12, 2021

Look to This Day by Kalidasa

Look to this day,
for it is life, the very breath of life.
In its brief course lie
all the realities of your existence;
the bliss of growth
the glory of action
the splendour of beauty
For yesterday is only a dream,
and tomorrow is but a vision.
But today, well lived
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow
a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day.

BKS Iyengar said, Your body lives in the past. Your mind lives in the future. They come together in the present when you practice yoga. He also said, Balance is the state of the present---the here and now. If you balance in the present you are living in Eternity (1). These aphorisms are reflected in the Sanskrit poem above by Indian poet and playwright Kalidasa who reminds us to awaken to each moment and action in life.

Poets and wise ones since the beginning of the written word have urged us in all cultures to live in the present moment because it is all we really have (2). The past and the future are markers of time that are merely memories or imaginations of our minds. When we develop the capacity to live in the present moment, we are enraptured by the morning sun, a blue sky, the taste of a zesty radish from the garden or the smell of fresh herbs. Likewise, the conscious practice of yoga floods our cells with life, which is nothing but present awareness (3).

So even when you are caught on the roller coaster of life, remember to breathe, smile and welcome each new day of possibility!

1 BKS Iyengar, Iyengar His Life and Work. 1987, p. 502

2 BKS Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 1993, p. 220

3 Ibid, p. 221

 

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