I’ve been remiss in posting on this blog for a while…..OK, I totally dropped it a few years ago – but I’m going to give it another shot. This stems partly from some conversations I was having with one of my students on my retreat in Italy a few weeks ago. This student is a writer and was noting the similarities between writing and yoga. Both require you to be as present as possible, dropping your expectations in order to truly see the world around you and within you. An internal honesty that is easy to miss sometimes in the day to day grind of work, responsibilities, etc.
As I was reflecting on this, I realized that it is partly what I love about travel as well. We are out of our routine and have explicitly signed up for the experience of being present to our moment and noticing with new eyes. And it’s easy to see with new eyes when you are seeing things for the first time.
The trouble for me is that when I get back, it’s so easy to fall back into old patterns and habits. I always struggle with how to integrate the experience of travel and all the good stuff that comes along with it into my life back home. I often get back home and spend my time either holding on to the experience of travel or already looking forward to the next trip, while not being present to all the good stuff right in front of me at home.
So I’m again going to try to integrate moments of conscious attention into my daily routine. I started drawing a bit (even before the trip), and I’m going to try and get back to writing more also. Just like the physical practice of yoga, I believe we can start small with practices that cultivate presence, and that those small moments then over time become habit.
I’ll try and keep a somewhat regular posting schedule here (somewhat) and would love to hear from any of you as I do.