"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." -- Soren Kierkegaard
The Greek root of the word "sin" actually means "to miss." We may feel accomplished when we return all the phone calls and respond to all the emails and check all the to-do items off our list; but what is accomplished at the expense of missing the joy, beauty, and appreciation that comes with being in The Moment? Think about it -- if you don't take time in a day to carve out a moment of beauty and relaxation, you'll never remember that day ever again. And what's the point of riding out life as a big blur?!
Allow me to share with you "the violin experiment": Here's the situation. Violinist Joshua Bell, a classical music superstar, is playing a $3 million antique Stradivarius violin. And he's not just playing any old song, he's performing "Chaconne," which has been described as "not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history." So would you stop and listen?
The Washington Post performed an experiment, placing Bell with his master violin and virtuoso talent in a Washington, DC,subway stop. Over the 45 minutes that Bell performed, 1,070 people hurried past, few even turning to look. Only seven stopped, if just for a few seconds. Would YOU have stopped? I'm not sure I would have. I've thought long and hard about this. The article ends by saying, "If the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we can be oblivious to a world-class musician playing some of the best music ever written, then WHAT ELSE ARE WE MISSING?"
Here are some tips that might just help you become more present for those special moments:
Check out my Yoga + Chocolate blog to understand how the pleasure of chocolate drives you deeply into the moment.
- WATCH MICHAEL JORDAN HIGHLIGHT REELS
Michael Jordan was a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, not just because of his talent, but because of his access to a rare form of strength the yogis call "vajra." Jordan always seemed to have more strength and conviction than the other players. He came from a place deeper than mind. There is a part of every human that the Bhagavad Gita describes as "immortal and invincible." It is your deepest essence, and it is most clearly experienced in heightened moments. Vajra is best exemplified in people under duress -- for instance, a mother being able to lift a car off her child trapped beneath is the energy of vajra. When you begin to access your deepest convictions and walk your most truthful path, you naturally become more focused, more committed, and more present!
- SLOW DOWN
As the great yogi Iyengar said, "We throw ourselves from one endeavor to another, believing that speed and movement is all there is in life."