Friday, November 15, 2013

Cherish



A word that comes up a lot for my B.E.S.T. clients is "cherish," meaning that on a fairly regular basis, it's positive for some or one of my clients to feel the feeling of cherish. Yesterday, during my B.E.S.T. treatment, I got the word cherish.

Honestly, I've always thought cherish was kinda a weird word, and the feeling is hard for me to connect with in the present moment; I think of it in reference to something that's past.

*Big surprise alert*: that's why it keeps coming up.

The dictionary defines "cherish" as: to feel or show great love for, to remember or hold in a deeply felt way.

Thinking of cherish on my way to work this morning, I thought, "What would it feel like if I cherished right now? This drive to class?" And then I realized, I sorta did cherish it: I like driving, I like not listening to music, and I like being alone. I had been moving quickly to get myself there with plenty of time to do cardio before; feeling cherish heightened my level of presence and took the air out of my rush.

In teaching, I'm really into transitions; I think it's a good idea to practice our transitions on the mat, maybe then transitions off the mat can feel more graceful. I took Jason Crandell's class today online and in a moment of transition he said, "Take your time with it. Have quality in your experience." That's the lesson cherish holds for me, to have quality in my experience, no matter how mundane, no matter how much there is to do.

I like to look at clouds long enough to see them move; it reminds me that it's all moving, we're all moving, all the time. Cherish feels like a way of slowing down and focusing with love and attention.

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