I just got back from a week long yoga retreat at Breitenbush in Oregon. It was truly an amazing week. More than I could have asked for really, and part of it was that it was dedicated time where all of us could simply be present to the moment. No cell service or internet, so the distractions were minimal and since we were away from home, the daily tasks that can pull our mind away from what we are currently doing were just not there. I’ve been thinking a lot about how rejuvenating it is simply to be open to the now. It’s something that most of us don’t experience nearly as much as we should, yet it’s essential to our ultimate well-being. I seem to be able to do this well when I travel (which is part of why I love traveling so much), but I’ve often struggled trying to figure out how to bring in that same openness into my everyday life. Every morning this past week, we all got up at around 5:45, had a quick dip in the hot springs and then went in for a 30 minute meditation, followed by asana practice. We were done by the time I normally get up in the morning while in the city. This morning, I got up early and meditated in my living room for half an hour and have been feeling like some of the same energy I felt while on retreat is possible to get at home as well. It just takes figuring out how to be present each day. My teacher Melina was relaying something that Dr. Robert Svaboda said, which is that we don’t like time, we simply lack focus. So easy to forget, yet so true.