Exhilaration. Sweat. Pride. Presence. Elation. Calm.
I left my power yoga class with each and every emotion. My heart was high and I was beaming.
As a runner, I know the endorphin high of a hard, strong run, one in which your legs feel sprightly and you cannot be restrained. I feel like a bad runner for saying this, but sometimes this high cannot be compared to that from a perfect yoga class. The feeling of not only strength and dedication but true elation, heart high and crown lifted to the greatest lengths.
Sometimes it takes a morning jaunt to the yoga studio, music that moves your heart, a fluid flow of asanas, a perfect intention, a palpable class energy, and an encouraging voice to give you this high. But it does happen.
Bundled up in as much fleece as I could fit over my head, I spent my frigid walk home ingraining my intention for the day. I had dedicated my practice to being “Loving” and “Driven,” and I was determined to take that intention off my mat and into every fold of my day. To be honest, I actually have “today.” engraved on the back of my iPad, as a reminder to embody each second of today.
I’ll leave you with the dialogue of a particular TED talk which spoke to me,
“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you today.It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.”
How will you spend your day?
What made today unique?