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For several weeks, a friend has been going through a stressful audit at work. The process was grueling, and a likely outcome seemed that he may need to look for other work after many years devoted to his position. Today, he shared that not only was he keeping his job, but as a result of the audit was receiving an increase in pay as well additional assistance in the form of employees and resources. A remarkable turn of events! And then, he said, he'd been granted a week off of work to recuperate! And while taking that time off, got a second opinion on a car repair, which changed the tune from $3,000 to $300 and gave him back a smoothly running vehicle! After each revelation, he said things like "well, it probably won't last, but..." or "it's probably going to be just as terrible in a few months...". Finally I just had to laugh and ask - what might happen if he just enjoyed the good that was unfolding? Even for just today, even for just this one moment in time?
A dear friend, having recently returned from an intensive meditative sit, remarked how often she'd been noticing herself anticipating the loss of the joy she found in daily life. How often, just after recognizing how wonderful something was, or how smoothly life was flowing, she would have a thought suggesting that things were surely about to change.
A few weeks ago, while attending my favorite weekly yoga class for body nerds, I found myself easily entering Padmasana. Historically, this is not an easy place for me to be, so I was surprised. And I tested it. Again and again, I came right in, spent some breaths enjoying it, and came out without effort. It was delicious. After class, I remarked to the teacher that I didn't know why that pose had suddenly become an ease-filled place to be. She looked right at me and said "Just bless it! Enjoy it", and walked away. And I laughed and did just that.
The mind has a habit of scanning for threat and hardship. We feel better and enjoy our lives more if we can treat all of the good, yummy, joyful, blissful, contented, life-filled moments we encounter each day as precious. Our perspective shifts when we begin to really look at them, feel them, and hold them in our hearts and minds as natural part of what it is to be alive. Savor them. They are precious, and they are also bountiful. Go looking for them today, and I'm willing to bet you'll be surprised at what you've been missing. Happy hunting, friends.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.