The Practice of Being Present

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by in Life Lessons

Yoga teaches us how to reestablish the innate balance that exists between body, mind, and spirit. When our minds get out of balance, they overextend, becoming busy and overworked. As a result, we lose connection to the wisdom of our bodies and the depth of our spirits. Practicing being in the moment trains the mind to come down to size, to become an ally—and to allow signals from the body and knowledge from the deep self to come forth. Rather than focusing on what was (the past), or projecting what may be (the future), practice staying in the present moment.

Here’s a summer practice of presence for you: Go for a walk on a beautiful day. Take off your shoes and notice the texture of the grass beneath you. Feel the temperature, the dryness or humidity. Notice the sun on your arms and hands. Sit and watch the clouds as they move across the sky. Let the elements of nature be the doorway back home into the present moment for you.

About Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Life Coach, RYT

Aruni, Senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for the Kripalu Healthy Living programs, is a certified professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been teaching in a variety of diverse venues for more than 35 years and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. Author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope, and her latest book, Already Home: Stories of a Seeker, Aruni has also developed the Kripalu coaching methodology, based in presence and right action.