This is from Sara Vaughn, yoga student & teacher trainee at Greenville Yoga. A great reminder…
I was sitting in car line waiting to pick up my children from a Christmas party day camp and wondering should I go in to the building or wait in car line. I sit quietly and observe the car in front of me just parked and abandoned. Then, I hear an excited voice of a child loaded down with all kinds of ornaments, crafts, goodies etc from the camp and the mom is hurrying him to the car that is in front of me.
I notice the hurriedness and how it contrasts to the boy’s excitement about what he wants to tell his Mom and wants her to listen. She seems to just want to get him in the car and get to her next destination. I look at the scene and think what a shame she doesn’t stop just a little and look at what he made and listen to him. Then I am reminded that I too have done this sort of thing saying “later honey” when a phone call or looking at email or preparing dinner or whatever seems more important than listening to my child.
In that moment, a voice softly whispers to me that I should get out of my car and get my children and look them in the eye and hug them and ooh and aah over their creations and listen with my whole body and mind to what they want to tell me about their experiences today. I am thankful I got this reminder before I picked up my kids so I could truly enjoy the present moment with them and enjoy it fully. Wouldn’t that be nice if we got more of these reminders before we are about to experience something? Then we could truly experience all the joy of it. I’m thankful for yoga because it does prepare my mind and body to experience the splendour of life.