What Will Be, Will Be

by - Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Every week at the beginning of yoga class, the instructor asks us to set an intention for the next hour of practice. Usually my mind draws a blank, and I feel all this pressure to come up with some sort of good and meaningful intention. I have to think really hard and then wind up with something like "Be less stressed."

Monday night yoga is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the week.

That's generic and so broad, I'm not even sure what I mean by it half the time, but it's what I go with because I don't have anything better.

But this week, when the instructor asked us to set an intention, the phrase "What will be, will be" immediately leapt into my mind. I'm not sure what exactly triggered it, but lately I have been trying to be more present in the current moment rather than worrying so much about what I've got going on the next day or the next week or the next month.

"What will be will be," or the more religious "Let go and let God" that I heard frequently in my many years of Catholic school, are not easy things for me to actually put into practice.

I'm such a Type A planner that just being present actually takes quite a bit of mental work on my part. As weird as it might sound, planning and thinking about the future are my ways of feeling in control of a situation. In my mind, I link just being present with being unprepared, and even though I know they aren't the same thing, that puts me really on edge.

But given how crazy this time of year can be, I'm trying to spend more time just being in the moment and appreciating what's going on around me now and not worrying so much about what tomorrow holds. I guess somewhere my subconscious mind realized that and threw "What will be, will be" into my mind at just the right time in yoga this week.

I'm sure all this being present stuff is going to be a huge work in progress for me, and I'll probably still have moments where I call up my best friend and the first thing I say when she answers is, "PANIC!" (True story, that happened Sunday night...she thought I said, "Can it!" and was very confused at first ha!)

But yes, so being present is a thing I'm working on. If this were the New Year, I'd say it was a resolution of sorts, but we've still got some of 2015 left, so this is just a thing I'm working on so I can worry less and appreciate life more.

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  1. Fred and Tina4:38 PM

    Well said! Here's to stress-free days ahead :)