This photo captures the last sunset of 2014 somewhere in the Los Angeles area. I snapped it using my cell phone as a passenger in a moving car.
I don’t recall where we were coming from or going to, and precisely why we could not peacefully observe the sunset from a nearby beach or park. What I do recall is feeling momentarily sad about “missing” the last sunset of the year.
Until I realized I wasn’t.
The sunset was happening right there and then. I only thought I was missing it because I was criticizing my experience of it. It was beautiful no matter where I was.
So I took a deep breath, savored the beautiful sunset, and silently said goodbye to a particularly hectic yet memorable year. Then I hurriedly grabbed my cell phone to take a photo before the sun hid underneath the horizon.
The sun rises and sets every day. Yet most of us are too busy with our lives to take a moment to sit and appreciate its magnificent beauty.
Similarly, we breathe without hardly thinking about it. Our breaths keep us alive in the most biological sense, but they can also be explored and deepened to truly nourish us, the body and the mind.
Yoga teaches us to breathe with awareness. Sure, it can teach us how to do headstands, but the physical practice of yoga is only the tip of an iceberg.
Practice yoga, grow and deepen with it, and notice what is within you and all around us.