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Friday, June 25, 2010

Joy



Children...they become completely absorbed in whatever experience they have. At what age does that change?

This photo of my niece in my parent's yard shows that absorption to me. She still is one of the most joyful people I know, a few years after this photo was taken.

I've been thinking of that old saying:

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, now is a gift—
that's why they call it the present."

The first person who I ever heard say a version of that was a wonderful yoga teacher. As we bent to touch the floor, legs spread wide while we imagined touching the tops of our heads to the floorboards, he would laughingly talk to us about non-striving. "Today is a gift—that's why they call it the present.

It made me smile and relax every time.

I'm in search of the perfect yoga class. It must be warm but not too hot, energetic without the external athleticism of gym yoga, and taught by someone who encourages but doesn't push!

I may find the best studio is here at home. We'll see.

Peace.

1 comment:

Jan said...

Laura, blessings to you as you seek the yoga class your heart desires. :-) I agree that containing and emitting joy is such a gift. Children so naturally are in touch with that. Somehow we lose it along the way. I'm glad that you are tapping back into yours. The world definitely needs your joy. Namaste!