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Happy July 27, 2023 – Mindfulness & Flow: Riding & Driving
Good Morning Yogis! We are in the middle of a special Santosha and Mindfulness Summer Fun Month to align with July’s Anti-Boredom Month. I have heard if we focus on the past we will be depressed, if we focus on the future we will be anxious, and the key to joy is living in the present moment. A couple of the Yamas and Niyamas reflect this secret of happiness hidden in the “now”.
Mindfulness is central to a number of eastern religions and philosophies, and is becoming a common theme in western therapy, psychology, and self-help. We have also focused on mindfulness in some of our past daily practices, especially on past Santosha Days and with some focused meditation practices. Mindfulness and losing oneself in the current moment is my idea of “finding flow” that we most commonly experience during “getting in the zone” during particular athletic, work, and artistic activities. Zen Buddhism takes this concept further with Zen Arts such as Tea Ceremony, Archery, Painting, and Flower Arrangement. So, we will focus this month on trying different practices and activities (including some Zen Arts!) to at minimum beat boredom for Anti-Boredom Month, and hopefully help you experience a flow state.
Zen Tea Ceremony
Riding & Driving
Early this month I shared that running is when I first experienced flow, during a team run in high school. I most recently started biking, and experienced this same flow state. Biking is also great cardio! I also enjoy off-roading. If riding is not for you, try a mindful walk, hike, or exercise equipment. Or, go back and try another personal Tea Ceremony today!
Today’s Positive Practice suggestion
Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try today’s Anti-Boredom / mindfulness / flow Activity: Riding or driving! Make sure to practice mindfulness and try to enjoy each day’s practice with all five senses. If you are new to biking, check out these tips for new bike riders. If you have equipment for off-roading or another sport, try this today .Otherwise, go for a meditative drive. Whichever activity you pick – wear a helmet and/or drive safe!
Try to calmly take notice when your thoughts drift back to the past or forward to the future. Try to bring yourself back to and fully immerse yourself in the present moment by focusing on the sight, sounds, smells, taste, or feel of your surroundings.
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Share your Practice
Please comment and share your experience with today’s practice. Were you able to find flow or contentment in the now? Always remember, be kind!