I recently got into a scary car accident where I was T-boned from someone trying to pass around me as I was turning. My car was totaled, and luckily I was not hurt, but this event stimulated the thought that every day is a gift and our life can be taken at any moment in time. It may be a grim thought to think - that life and all it entails is temporary - or it can trigger the beautiful realization and association with the present moment being the incredible gift that it is.
The inspirational spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle speaks about the deep spiritual awakening that can happen after a great loss of something. Whether it be a job, a relationship, loss of a pet or loved one, physical disabilities or possessions - the loss of something (in my case my car, and the momentary vision of losing my life in the accident) is never expected and certainly never wanted or sought after.
Although if I look back on my own life, I resonate with the words of Tolle, who states "the anguish or intense fear" we experience after loss "gives way to a sacred sense of Presence, a deep peace and serenity and complete freedom from fear". He says "when forms around you die or death approaches, your sense of Beingness, of I Am, is freed from its entanglement with form: Spirit is released from its imprisonment in matter.
After the accident I find myself much more aware, not only while driving but in my daily life. Calling my loved ones and speaking to them about how much they mean to me. Doing everything with attention.. even the most mundane task such as washing dishes.
This is another lesson that Yoga teaches us. In such a fast-paced world where people are rushing to get to work, accomplish their to-do lists, and reach deadlines we have the responsibility of this practice. It is with this practice of Yoga, off the mat, that we integrate consciousness into our reality. Reality then shifts from being mundane to pure magic.
-What, in your life right now, are you grateful for?
-How can you practice conscious awareness today?
-Who can you call and tell them "I love you", "I appreciate you", "I forgive you" or "I thank you"
~Delaney Puhek, One Love Yoga