I have always been indifferent to the singer Adele's music. Depending on my mood I have gone from crying along to her first album to being unable to tolerate a single song. Of course my mood is always changing, but today I heard a comment she made about her new album that truly resonated with me. Oddly enough it was during a power yoga class I attended this afternoon that I heard it as the teacher read it out loud during pigeon pose. It stuck so much that I came home and googled exactly what she said.
"My last record was a break-up record," says Adele, "and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did." She goes on to say, "I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won't come back. When I was in it I wanted out. So typical."
This got me thinking pretty deeply about being present. How often am I actually present in my own life? Like Adele I find myself always wishing that I was either somewhere or doing something else. It has always been in my nature to live with my head in the clouds either dreaming about the future or lingering on the past. I seem to be a pro at avoiding the here and now. My intuition tells me we are all guilty of this to some extent or another, but what is the cost of not being truly present?
In the blink of an eye ten, even twenty years have gone by and we are panicking, wondering where the time has gone. I often have trouble grasping the fact that I am 25 years old already when it seems like just yesterday I was graduating catholic school and getting ready to tackle high school. Time will inevitably go by, but what would it mean to make a more conscious effort to be present each day from the moment we open our eyes in the morning until our heads hit the pillow at night?
What would it mean if I was more present each time I step on my mat and listen to my breath guide my body through movement? Maybe I would become a better yoga teacher, more grounded and confident.
It's the easiest for me to slip out of the present during trying times in my life instead of confronting the here and now, but what if I stayed present through the good and the bad? Maybe I would be a better daughter, sister, girlfriend or friend. Maybe not, but something tells me that the world would be a lot easier to deal with if I just tried. Besides, what do I have to lose? What do any of us have to lose really? So here's what I am going to do and I think you should join me. Instead of wanting to be younger, older, richer, more accomplished, married, single, thinner or anything that takes you out of the present moment just remember one thing.
You will never get back this moment in time. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing-practicing yoga, cooking dinner, having coffee, sitting on Facebook. Interesting to think about isn't it?
"Wherever you are, be all there."