Sunday, April 18, 2021

To be mindful, or not to be mindful?



Body, Mind And Spirit
Dianne Saywell

Anyone who has ever delved into yoga and discovered its amazing benefits will certainly relate to the following sentence my husband texted me the day after I taught him a yoga class instead of practicing on his own, “Doing mindful yoga is a lot harder than hurry-up-and-get-it-over-with yoga.”

I was happy to learn he discovered the difference. I am unsure if he was happy to know that now or not. “Knowledge is power,” I told someone one day; and he responded, “Yes, but ignorance is bliss.” Or is it?

Any activity or undertaking that we attempt is definitely more worth our effort when done with a purpose other than the means to the end. This is not to say it will be the easiest way to accomplish a task; nonetheless, we must be present and remind ourselves over and over again. Take any slice of time, doing whatever it is you are doing and “hurrying it up” seems wrong on so many levels. It almost disregards the very gift of life and the time we have on this earth, taking it to a level of non-meaning. To fathom an ambivalent life is a sad and lost one.

I am aware of how busy and fast life is. I understand at times, it has to be that way in order just to keep above water and survive. Having organizational skills and choosing priorities can go a long way when we need to channel our time. Perhaps even rendering the “shoulder moments” of the day to slower ones, for family, loved ones or even our self.

The question we can ask may not be about eliminating any one activity to create more time to slow the pace, but maybe if we can be a little more mindful in our everyday life it will create an experience of presence and not hurrying on to the next thing to hurry on to the next thing. I bet we will find it much more satisfying and enjoyable. We can be mindful in our “hurry up”, but we don’t necessarily have to “get it over with.”


Dianne Saywell works full time at a local dental office where she educates and helps maintain the oral health of the patients as a dental hygienist. She also spends her time introducing people to and sharing the healing power of YOGA, and the health it brings to the body, mind and spirit. Yoga, along with many other great classes, is offered at Healthy Body/Marco Fitness Club.

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