Be Present-Minded: Less control, more happiness. It’s in our nature as humans to try to control the outcome of our lives. As we get older though, the reality becomes ever more clear — a lot of things are just way out of our control. I struggle with this. Many others probably do as well. I find myself trying to control my future by worrying, planning, and executing each day as if the day after is certainly going to line up the way I want. In reality, THIS NEVER HAPPENS. As they say, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,” so I guess I’m borderline insane sometimes. That ends now, though.
A couple weeks ago, I went to an all mens yoga event at the local Lululemon and left with a lot of thoughts on my mind. I had just spent an hour conversing with other inspiring people about what practice they were working on in the moment. Words like patience, wisdom, and happiness filled the room to spark some really good conversation. It was the initial story though, that left a mark on how I would go about my next day and all the days after.
The leader of our session was Gustavo Padron, an all around awesome guy and a pretty stellar yoga instructor. Little does he know the impact he left on me that night. I swear im still saying “peace be with me” almost every day, Gustavo. He started the class about a story of how he is in the practice of slowing down and being more present. Focusing more on what is in front of him than the emails, messages, and DMs that never seem to end. It was something I definitely needed to hear.
As I make a living in the tech and fitness industry, a lot of my time is spent in front of a computer, on the phone, or fiddling with other gadgets that pre-occupy a large chunk of my time. All while spending what seems to be less and less time on what I truly value. Friends, family, my personal health, travel, reading books, exploration, adrenaline rushes — what I actually want to spend my time on this earth enjoying. With the release of this new gadget or that new app or whatever new trend that’s out that’s making it “seem” faster to climb the totem pole of life, it certainly seems impossible to slow down and be PRESENT.
That night as I left the store, I told myself that I was going to focus on being more present in the moment. While it may not be easy, it is certainly not impossible. I am finding a lot more peace in my days, while also getting better sleep during my nights. Life is not that serious y’all. It is time I start embracing that.