Are you making the most of this precious moment?
It's a good question to ask. It's so easy to forget about time and to imagine that we live forever. But humans don't live forever. Do you hear the ticking? The clock's hands are moving. Time is limited.
When asking whether the most is being made of our life, our first thought may be that we have to do more, have more goals, and be working toward them. However, if we simply do more, we're still missing something very important, and this is one of the things that Yoga helps with: Life is composed not just of what we are doing with each moment, but also with how we are being in each moment. We can be working very efficiently on some really great and useful projects, and if, during this time, we are on autopilot, machine-like, not being present in our life and appreciating each moment, then we are missing our life. The core of life is being. This is why we are called human beings rather than human doings.
Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with doing. We have to do or we can't even live, and doing provides meaning, heart, and strength to our life. However, if we are so consumed by our thoughts that we don't notice the sparkle in our child's eye or the love expressed in her gift of a flower, if we miss the subtle emotion in our partner's voice, we are missing much of our life.
The practice of Yoga helps us remain awake and aware, moment by moment, so we have the ability to actually experience our life as well as move through it. By practice, we gain the ability to choose what to keep our attention on rather than doing so unconsciously. The clock is going to keep on ticking, we can't stop that. However we can learn to be present in our lives at the same time we're doing, and in this way experience the whole of our life.