M. Scott Peck says that we spend most of our time either dwelling in the past or thinking about the future and very little time actually in the here and now. So pause for and think about this very moment. What does it feel to be right here, right now.
Buddhist call it mindfulness, being mindful of everything we experience. At some point today lay flat somewhere, probably not a good idea to do it at work. I dont think my bosses would appreciate it anyway. Lay your hands at the bottom of your ribcage one on top of the other. Breath in through your nose and feel your hands rise. Then breath out slowly and repeat several times. Think of a word, i often use the words peace or heal or breath, and with each out breath repeat the word. If your mind wonders just acknowledge that it has and then carry on as before.
Now concentrate on one foot, let's say the left one. Think about it, how does it feel? No, dont move it. Now move up your leg. How does your leg feel? Again if you find your mind wondering just acknowledge it and bring it back to where it's suppose to be. Slowly move up one leg, is there any pain or stiffness? Let your mind rest a moment on the pain, the stiffness and tell it to heal by repeating the word with each breath several times. Now move to your other foot and leg and do the same. Gradually move up your body and down your arms allowing yourself to just feel yourself. Right up to your head. Then mindfully pull all that stiffness, and aches and pains out through the top of your head and let it go.
Now you should feel relaxed in the moment. You can stay like this for as long as you want, just continue to follow your breaths in and out, in and out. You have now completed your first yoga session. How do you feel?
Dare to live in the moment.