Walking down the street today, I saw myself clumsily stumbling. My feet hurt, my knees were sore, and the day had just begun. I could not help questioning, ‘what’s with this?’ A full-time yoga trainer and holistic professional and I cannot even stroll directly? As I saw my aggravation rise, I became aware of this awareness, and was all of a sudden motivated. The time and effort spent on individual enhancement and development was settling after all.

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To some, this story might sound odd … enable me to elaborate. With a background rooted in western psychology, my university education took the point of view of recognizing human flaws and conditions that cause their lives to be less perfect than ‘regular’, and set in movement strategies to ‘fix’ them. This is no doubt an important service. Psychology is dear to my own heart, as there are many people struggling with mental and/or emotional conditions that are extremely detrimental to their quality of life.

What’s missing out on from this design (though acquiring even more attention in the growing field of positive psychology) is the other side of the coin, the yin to the yang, the opposite end of the spectrum that undoubtedly exists in our world of duality. How do we exceed this ‘typical’ line and expand the experience of our lives to new heights? At some point or another, we’ve all had days where we’re flooded with motivation, feel physically healthy and strong, psychologically sharp and clear … yet many times we revert back to our ‘automatic’ state, finishing the repetitive and typically mundane jobs of the day half-consciously, with our ideas wandering to other things.

As I discussed, the fairly brand-new discipline of favorable psychology is starting to investigate this. Eastern approach and medication, however, recorded this wisdom that we’ve yet to understand, countless years earlier.

The western adjustment of yoga and holistic recovery is, for the most part, still in its infancy, and rather superficial. Individuals choose relaxation and to feel good, but typically miss, or aren’t even presented to the much deeper modifications that can be started. Yoga seeks to make a connection with oneself, to hear one’s own heart and truth in the middle of external turbulence and distraction, and live from this location. Holistic healing (shiatsu therapy, energy work, osteopathy, etc) looks for to develop harmony within the mind and body, so that circulation and energy (often blocked by anxiety) flow easily, and systems function optimally.

These practices are far more subtle than what we’re accustomed to, yet with practice and commitment, they grow and awaken within us a more delicate awareness and presence with exactly what’s taking place each moment.

Revisiting my little accident with my walk down the street, I recognized that this awareness within myself continues to grow more powerful. Nothing was intolerably wrong, my body was just tired and I was feeling things that I mightn’t have actually even seen in the past. What’s the significance? Wellness and avoidance. The way I was strolling might’ve eventually led to a foot, knee, or back injury had I not detected and corrected it, which has the tendency to happen to many people. Our body sends out little messages, which we fail to hear, and they remain to end up being louder up until it takes a more major injury to obtain our attention. Mine is just one example of how this plays out in our lives in numerous kinds.

If you’re interested in increasing your wellness, I encourage you to explore yoga, favorable psychology, or holistic services, and find something that works for you.

As an additional note, this body awareness that you’ll begin to fortify reaches beyond physical benefits. Our tendency to consistently go with life on autopilot sucks the magic that exists in the present minute. If you try nothing else, experiment with this simple device to increase the vibrancy of your days: strategy each moment, each job, as though you have never seen it before, never ever done it before, because you haven’t. Even if it’s something you have done hundreds of times, think about that you have not done it today.

When our ideas roam to other things, we’re living in the past or the future, which do not exist in this minute. All we’ve is now. Experience it. Welcome yourself to earth every day as if you are right here for the first time. Bring your full attention and abandon expectations of exactly what’ll or should unfold. Merely see things as they genuinely are. You never know exactly what’s going to occur, and if you are not seeing and ready to embrace it, you’ll miss out on many things.

I’ll leave you with a preferred quote that shows the charm of this fact of uncertainty well:

There’s nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.

Buckminster Fuller

May you view the world with fresh eyes and allow vitality to infuse your life.