8 Reasons to Love (and Be In) the Minute You're In

One of the hardest things for me is to be present in the minute I'm in. Past, future, way far in the future – they're all easier to let my mind settle in to than wherever, whatever right now is. But, as yogis, we should love the minute we're in. And here are 8 motivating reasons to do just that.
  1. No other minute comes with the guarantees or certainties of what you have right now. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, 10 years from now. Daydreaming or romanticizing the rest of your life means putting on rose-tinted glasses – and missing what's right in front of you.
  2. There's no time for judgment. Most of our prejudices happen post hoc. Later. After we've re-winded, replayed, reviewed and over-analyzed conversations, interactions and scenarios.
  3. People are talking. Sharing. Living. Laughing. Loving. Join in. Be playful. It opens the heart and lets a little sunshine in – sunshine that lasts well past the tick-tock of the clock's minute hand.
  4. Confidence. Being present equals listening, which means you can respond better, show your smarts more and participate in some wicked witty banter.
  5. You're much more likable. Friends, family and coworkers know when you're out in la la land. They may laugh about it for awhile, but at the end of the day: People want to know you hear them.
  6. It's hard to relax when you're thinking about "what-ifs." Being available and open to what every minute has to offer squeezes out time where your mind can roam to stressors like what could be, should be or may or may not be. 
  7. Buddha said so.
  8. Each minute has a purpose. Honest, it does. Across the expanse of years, 60 seconds on the clock may seem insignificant. But it's not. It's enough time to change the course of your life. Be there for it.

Some of the Best Yoga Quotes Out There

When I was in college, I was an English major. Which meant I was knee-deep in three, four, five novels at any given time. And their Cliff Notes.

I used to wonder: Do we only ever read someone else's words? What about our own? When do we get to share our voices?

No doubt, those thoughts came from being spread thin, switching from book to book and nearly going cross-eyed in the early hours of the morning. But I still like to think there's merit to those questions. Isn't it important to sprinkle our thoughts out into the world? Let them mingle with the work of the greats?

At the same time, though, it would be irresponsible – a true disservice – not to absorb the vast amount of information available to us. After all, taking in and appreciating the insights of others is foundational to progress and brings with it new perspectives. Something as important as fresh air. As critical to life as life itself.

That's why, as much as I love writing about yoga (and unlike my college days), I try to read as much I can get my hands too. There are no Cliff Notes to help out in a pinch. But there are a plenitude of yoga quotes to sink into. A few of my favorites lately:

“When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” -B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.” -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” -Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 

“Thinking goes on in your head. It is not really deep into the roots of your being; it is not your totality.”  -Osho

Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.  -B.K.S. Iyengar