Its been a while since I last blogged…2011 was a year of tremendous change for me. Some good, some not so good. My sister had gotten seriously ill the year before, and I had literally put most of my life on hold to be with her. She passed away on Thanksgiving morning, 2011. I am trying to stay positive during such a difficult time so I am grateful for the time that we had together. Although it was way too short, we had an amazing connection the last couple of years. I will treasure those moments forever.
On a positive note, during that same year, my life took a different path as I completed my 200 hr. certification to become a Yoga Teacher. I am so thankful for having my yoga practice because it is what helped keep me from loosing my mind and stay grounded during this difficult time.
So after the new year, now 2012, I had been teaching my students about it being a new year, time for new beginnings, and most importantly, taking the time to slow down. Unfortunately I was not hearing my own words that I was sharing with my classes, so one day after leaving class while I was rushing around with errands, I lost my wallet! I lost it all, credit cards, license & registration, etc. Thankfully there was nothing irreplaceable in the wallet, but I must admit, it was a huge inconvenience. I took it as a really big life lesson and heard the message loud and clear. I wasn’t taking the time to slow down in life, so life stepped in and hit me over the head so I would stop and listen. How ironic that the two weeks before this incident, I had been trying to get a message across to my students about the importance of slowing down in life. I wonder if the message I was sharing was for my students or was it actually meant for me.
So, I am again sending this message out to you, to make a conscious effort to slow down in life. We are all so busy trying to squeeze 25 + hours into a 24 hour day. Sometimes I’m so busy, but often, I can’t seem to remember what I did the day before. We now have so many electronics in our lives that are supposed to make life more manageable, but I think it is all making life more complicated. We are in constant contact because of our cell phones, and then get so lost in time on the internet. We then have to rush around completing the tasks that didn’t get done because we were surfing the net.
The generation I grew up with didn’t have all these electronics, but the younger generation doesn’t know it any other way. It used to be relaxing to go for a drive, and now we can’t seem to get away from the stress of worrying or avoiding someone who is lost in a phone conversation while they are driving.
So please, as difficult as it seems, lets all make a conscious effort to slow down in our lives. When we are so busy, we miss the lessons that life is trying to teach us.
I’m sure you heard the saying…’Stop And Smell The Roses‘. We often don’t take a moment to stop and smell how beautiful they actually smell…maybe we should!
Remember…life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but…by how many moments that take our breath away!