Recently, one of the instructors at my Studio, Pure Yoga, encouraged us to tune in deeply; not just to notice our breath but to feel what we are feeling.

To connect with that emotion: To feel where it shows up in our body, how it impacts us, how it shifts our energy.

Sometimes our emotions have been dragged from the past & sometimes lassoed in from the future. The question is; Are we experiencing fully & thus feeling deeply the present moment?

That morning as she guided us to witness, I found I had lugged frustration to my mat from the past. Through this inquiry, I was able to realize that there was absolutely nothing frustrating about the present moment which consisted of sitting quietly with my breath listening to the wisdom of a teacher I respect.

In the present moment of that class, all was well. I believe if we truly took stock of our emotions, we might find this to be true more often than not. That, in the present moment, all is well & the discomfort we are experiencing is either dated or foreshadowed. And sometimes, the discomfort is truly related to the present moment.

Part of living well is giving ourselves permission to feel our lives deeply and honestly.

And… Can we discern between the NOW and what was or what’s coming so that we stay awake to what is? I always try to remember that BEING PRESENT is more than just a new-agey expression to espouse to. It is a CHOICE; an active decision which sometimes requires discipline to be fully available in this moment as it is. It doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and rainbows… it means that we give ourselves permission to live fully, experience deeply, and connect with our life in a HERE AND NOW way.

May we all choose well!