I have been giving some thought recently to ‘living in the present’. I also have a lot going on right now. I am busy (as I want to be) with Eaglei, doing a little teaching and looking after my mother’s declining health, as well as juggling the myriad of other responsibilities and commitments I have.
I know that this situation will be a familiar one for many, particularly the scenario with my mum. But just sometimes, I can find all this challenging. I have always been somebody that says I live in the present, learn from the past and plan for the future. But what does this really mean? I think that I may have reached a point in my life when I have found the answer.
My yoga teacher says that ‘70% is enough’. For me, this means that during my class I commit as much as I feel able, including pushing myself at times. However, I do not compare myself to others (in class) or strive for something that my body is simply not capable of achieving. I try to find a place where my body and mind are working in sync and accept that this is where I am at – in that moment.
Maybe this is a thought process that comes with a level of maturity. But I have reached a stage in my life (and career) where I feel comfortable not to strive to run faster, jump higher or increase turnover and profit year on year. There are most definitely things I still want to achieve and this certainly does not mean that I am any less committed to what I do. But, to take time to enjoy the moment and relinquish any feeling of pressure that I may place on myself are now the most important considerations.
Do you work to live or live to work? I have written about this before – Do we work to live or live to work? For me, it’s not about work-life separation or balance, it’s about work-life integration. How can I get the most benefit, fulfillment and enjoyment from whatever it is I am doing now.
I am reminded by this quote I read recently..
‘Maybe you don’t need to:
Earn as much.
Achieve as much.
Do as much.
Be as much.
F**k It.’ © the way of f**k it, John C Parkin & Gaia Pollini
Until next time, whatever you do, enjoy the moment!