Friday, August 2, 2013

Walking Just for Fun

Somehow lately my awareness of when I am being present and when I'm not has been heightened. One of the reasons I'm sure the world still wants me to teach yoga is cause I still have a lot of work to do in terms of being present.

I've been noticing how difficult it is to be present while propelling myself through space. I like driving cars and I loooove riding bikes and I do those things to get places. Sometimes I'll even walk to get to where I'm going. Turns out, I find it particularly challenging while en route to be present. I guess I'm always thinking about what it's going to be like when I get to where I'm going; but gosh I want to be present for the en route part--that can be such a great part too.

I understand the value now more than ever of something that Julia Cameron is really into: walking, just for the sake of walking. Back when I used to be good about doing The Artist's Way, I lived in New York and I HAD to walk all the time to get places; the last thing I wanted to do was walk just for fun. But it's that aimlessness that cultivates presence and presence cultivates peace and a lot of good ideas.

So yeah, I believe in walking just to walk. But what's working well for me that doesn't ask for extra energy or time is to just be present: when I'm at work, while I'm listening to a story, and as I my ride my bike. One of my favorite yoga teachers said something once about how we want to "uncondition the rush." Word to your moms: what are we rushing for? To get to that next part? What for? I know I've said it before, but, you guys, someday we're going to die, let's be present for it, all of it, while we can.

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